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November 22, 2010 - 3B
The Michigan Daily - michigandailycom November 22, 2010 - 3B
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M I C H I G A N
Missed tackles plague M' in loss
to Badgers, Robinson sets recor
with a r
in the s
inson becomes different looks as the Badgers
were expecting either. With the
[ing rushing QB 3-3-5 defense, Wisconsin (6-1,
10-1) handled the Wolverines'
a single season defensive front and got offensive
lineman out to lead block for its
By TIM ROHAN running backs.
DailySportsEditor "There's going to be free peo-
ple," White said. "And that's your
Wisconsin running back job as a running back is to break
White played without his tackles. So that's what we went
, the Michigan defense out there and did. And just made
have had a good look at one person miss and just got to
cky Badger - Wisconsin's the endzone."
- shaved into the back of To work on breaking tackles,
d. White and Ball worked on their
te and knee drive using rope drills in
nore run- NOTEBOOK practice leading up to the game.
ock Mon- When the running backs got
I both ran for more than through the first line of defense,
rds in the Badgers' 48-28 Michigan missed several tackles
over Michigan on Sat- at the second and third levels
It was the first time two that let both backs run free.
sin running backs gained "We're not the spread, so we're
any yards since 1974 - not sexy," Wisconsin coach Bret
ese were the backups to Bielema said. "It's not on the
* starter John Clay. front of everybody's wish list, but
onsin started the game I'll tell you this, 48 points is fun."
heavy dose of Ball, who fin- ALONE AT THE TOP: Lost
vith four touchdowns. And amid the Badgers' success on the
econd quarter, White took ground was a lofty achievement
off off the tackle to the left on the part of Michigan sopho-
ad sprinted through a big more quarterback Denard Rob-
d easily into the endzone for inson.
d touchdown run. He aver- He set the single-season record
early eight yards per carry for rushing yards by a quarter-
lmanaged sixyards per clip. back. The previous record holder
hink a defense gets into was former Air Force quarter-
hm, like they think, 'Oh back Beau Morgan.
running left, they're And Robinson also became the
g inside, they're running first player in NCAA history to
hey're running inside' - throw for more than 1,500 yards
ou hit it for outside and and run for more than 1,500
not ready to respond to yards in a single season.
Wisconsin guard John Robinson ran for 121 yards and
said after the game. two touchdowns on 22 carries,
fitt added that the Bad- bringing his season total to a FBS
one run scheme and their leading 1538 yards. He has 14
the outside were "open" rushing touchdowns on the year.
the Wolverines. Michi- INJURY BUG: Injuries are a
-4 Big Ten, 7-4 overall) part of the game. But Michigan
give Wisconsin as many is feeling the injury bug's impact
No. Yds Avg Lg
3 119 39.7 44
3 119 39.7 44
FG Pc. L XP Pts
0-1 0.0 0 4 4
Sophomore quarterback Denard Robinson passed Beau Morgan of Air Force for the most rush yards in a season by a QB.
No Yds Avg g TD
Solo Asst To
5 8 13
4 8 12
2 3 5
3 1 4
3 1 4
2 2 4
1 2 3
1 1 2
1 1 2
1 0 1
0 1 1
44 46 90
W I S C O N S I N
C-A Yds TD int
more than most teams heading
into the Wolverines' final regular
Sophomore defensive end
Craig Roh suffered concussion-
like symptoms during the loss.
Neither junior running back
Mike Shaw nor redshirt fresh-
man left tackle Taylor Lewan
played due to concussion-like
symptoms. And junior wide
receiver Darryl Stonum, who had
four catches for 99 yards, was
carted off the field in the fourth
quarter with a right ankle injury.
Junior defensive tackle Mike
Martin was also slowed by ankle
injuries. It's hard to find a healthy
defensive player who was listed
on the preseason roster.
"CraigRoh, Mike Martin, Dar-
ryl Stonum - the list goes on,"
Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez
said. "It's just one of those crazy
years. I've never had a year with
this many guys (injured) in key
positions in certain spots, but
that's where you're at. The next
guy in has to come in. For us,
we're just not at the point where
we can take an experienced play-
er out and put an experienced
player in. There's a lot of inexpe-
rience out there."
LYTLE PASSES AWAY: Former
Michigan All-American running
back Rob Lytle passed away due
to a heart attack on Saturday
night in Fremont, Ohio. He was
"Rob was a teammate and a
terrific individual," Michigan
Athletic Director Dave Brandon
said through a press release.
"It's a sad day because we've
lost someone who was a great
example of a Michigan man. Our
sympathies go out to his family
during this difficult time."
Lytle finished third in the
Heisman Trophy voting during
the 1976 season and when he left
Michigan, his 3,317 career rush-
ing yards was the single-season
record for a Wolverine at the
time. Mike Hart is the current
all-time rushing leader.
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On the offense's first play, Rob-
inson tossed a 34-yard pass to Sto-
num, who shielded the defender
from the underthrown ball and
caught it over his shoulder.
In less than two minutes, Sto-
num had given the Wolverine
offense exactly what it needed - a
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victory was Wisconsin's first in
the Big House since 1994 and the
Badgers' second consecutive win
over Michigan for the first time
since then, too.
"We certainly didn't play
well," Rodriguez said. "We didn't
tackle well. We didn't catch the
ball well. We didn't execute on
either side of the ball at times.
You do that against a good team,
you're going to get beat."
The first half was a forget-
table one for both Michigan's
offense and defense, as the Wol-
verines (7-4, 2-4) registered just
124 yards to Wisconsin's 379.
Sophomore quarterback Denard
Robinson was completely sty-
"It helped to see him make
plays," offensive coordinator Cal-
vin Magee said after the game.
"We were trying to get the ball
to Junior (Hemingway) also, but
Stonum got the coverage that was
favorable. Denard did a good job
Teammates said they appreci-
ated what Stonum added to the
offense - big plays from a player
who loves to make them.
"He definitely brings the big-
mied by Wisconsin's brute front
seven, going for 22 yards on 4-of-
Meanwhile, the Badger
offense seemed to be toying with
Michigan's defense, even with-
out junior ballcarrier John Clay,
who missed the game with an
Clay's backups, sophomore
Montee Ball and freshman James
White, were still too much for
Michigan's defensive front to
handle, as they combined for 187
yards in the first half alone.
It was Wisconsin coach Bret
Bielema's plan all along - run,
run and run some more - and it
was working to perfection.
"There wasn't anything they
could do to slow that down,"
But in the second half, Robin-
play ability for our offense," junior
tight end Kevin Koger said. "He's a
big threat at any time in the game."
Stonum's playmaking oppor-
tunities increased as he played
a larger role on special teams on
Saturday. He returned four kick-
offs for 103 yards. After Michi-
gan's recent struggles in the
return game, Stonum's sure hands
were a welcome sight for Wolver-
"He does it all," Koger said,
son showed flashes of his early-
season self and a little bit of the
Wolverines' 2008 magic shined
With 11:03 remaining in the
third quarter, Robinson lobbed
a beautiful ball toward the south
endzone where junior wideout
Darryl Stonum took advantage
of man-to-man coverage and
pulled down the Wolverines' first
touchdown of the day.
Then, after Badger wide-
out Isaac Anderson coughed
up a fumble and the Wolver-
ines recovered, Robinson threw
another deep pass to Stonum to
set up his own 4-yard touchdown
scamper. Suddenly, down just 10
points now, another comeback
was in reach.
But Bielema stuck to the game-
plan: expose Michigan's biggest
smiling. "He's versatile and he can
do a lot of things on the field to
help our team."
On his final kick return,
though, he got hit hard while
trying to twist away from a Wis-
consin defender. His right ankle
received the brunt of the hit, and
he crumpled over in pain, clutch-
ing his right leg.
The injury, if serious, would be
a big blow to the Wolverine pass-
ing game. It would also be just
weakness on defense - funda-
"We were emphasizing that
in practice: that we were going
to have to make players miss
because of the kind of defense
they run," Ball said. "There are
a lot of open bodies. ... We knew
that they miss a lot of tackles."
Bielema didn't call a pass play
for the rest of the game after that,
instead opting for 33 straight run
After focusing on running
through loose tackles all week in
practice, his backs ran through
and around Michigan's defense,
as White finished with 181 yards
to Ball's 173, and the two com-
bined for six touchdowns on the
The Badgers' 170 yards rush-
ing in the second half overshad-
another injury on what is turning
into quite a long list of wounded
players on Michigan's roster.
"He's not banged up too bad I
don't think," running backs coach
Fred Jackson said. "He'll be ready
to go this week to try to give us a
chance next Saturday."
Stonum tweeted a few hours
after the game: "Hopefully I'm ok
(I think I am) but its gonna take
a whole lot to keep me out of this
next game."this next game."
owed Robinson's record-setting
effort - he passed Air Force's
Beau Morgan for the most rush
yards by an NCAA quarterback
in a single season (1,538 yards in
A different Michigan record,
though - a more somber one -
was more telling of the losing
effort and the season as a whole.
After allowing 558 total yards
and 48 points to Wisconsin's
offense, this year's Michigan
defense has officially allowed the
most yards and points in a season
in program history - with one
game still remaining.
"They just pounded us," red-
shirt sophomore safety Jordan
Kovacs said. "We're disappointed
with the way that we played, but
we're moving on, and we have a
big game next week."
No. Yds Avg Lg
2-2 100.0 40 6 12
No Yds Avg Lg TO
1 7 7 0 o 0
3 53 1767 24 0
No. Yds Avg Lg TD
0 0 0 0 0
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Meram, who extended his
goal streak to six games, attrib-
uted his recent success to his
partners in crime. He and the
Saad brothers refer to them-
selves as the "three amigos."
"At first, I was trying to
score on my own," Meram said.
"Now, I've changed my outlook
on everything. With Soony and
Hamoody on the attack ... no
team can defend all three of
Following the equalizer,
the game's momentum swung
away from Michigan - much
in part to several seemingly
impossible saves by Doyle.
The back-and-forth, up-
tempo nature of the game con-
tinued to the end of regulation
when the score remained dead-
"We really needed to get
balls into our forwards' feet,"
Burns said. "We just felt we'd
get a rhythm and get a lot more
After a Central Florida foul,
such an opportunity presented
itself.Hamoody launched the
free kick from 35 yards out
toward the goal, and just as the
over-capacity crowd thought
Doyle would make another one
of his signature saves, sopho-
more midfielder Latif Alashe
tipped it in for the game-win-
"We just got lucky on that
one and got it to actually go
in," Alashe said. "(Doyle) made
a few great saves earlier. The
luck just went our way, and it
went in the net."
The Michigan Ultras - the
Wolverines' dedicated student
section - exploded as Michi-
gan made the field of 16. A huge
following was present at the
game and the enthusiasm of
the group hardly went unno-
ticed by the Wolverines or the
"It's great for college soc-
cer," Knights head coach Bryan
Michigan's next opponent,
South Carolina, also squeaked
by on Sunday. The seventh-
seeeded Gamecocks broke a
scoreless tie in overtime to
This upcoming Sunday, in
Columbia, S.C., the Wolverines
will have their hands full. But,
unless South Carolina can do
somethingthat few others have
done and shut down the "three
amigos," Michigan may very
well pull a minor upset of its
own and continue its tourna-
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come to him.
"At first, I was trying to score
on my own per se, and now I've
changed my outlook on every-
thing," Meram said. "With Soony
and Hamoody and us three in the
attack ... just the combination of
us doing what we do best, no team
can defend all three of us."
The goal was Meram's eighth
in his past six games, including
one game-tying and one go-ahead
Excluding the game against
Wisconsin in which he didn't play,
Meram has scored at least one
goal in every game since his two-
goal performance against Bowl-
ing Green on Oct. 27.
Meram sent the game into
overtime largely because the the
Wolverines maintained their
composure, even while facing the
possibility of elimination.
"It didn't have the feel of one of
those games," Burns said. "Some-
times there's a feeling when a
team is just throwing bodies in
front of the ball, the keepers on
fire. ... From a fan's perspective,
I think you could get pretty tight
and say, 'Oh, this might not be
Michigan's day.' But it never felt
like that on the bench, and on the
field, these guys certainly didn't
play like that."
Had Meram failed to convert
his open try, though, it would have
been hard to avoid such feelings.
But Meram, a senior, knew
exactly what was at stake.
When asked if he knew what
he had to do to keep his collegiate
career alive, Meram didn't hesi-
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