10B - Tuesday, September 6, 2011
The Michigan Daily - michigandaily.com
The Michigan Daily football writers break down the weekend's stats that don't show up in the box score.
The Denard-o-Meter measures the success of quarterback Denard Robinson, the Beef-o-Meterjudges
how well Michigan played Brady Hoke's prototypical style of play was following the game, and the
Hype-o-Meter measures the fans' performance.
2 If you're look-
at the yards
Denards gained in the
air and on the
ground, Denard Robinson had
by far his worst day. Post-
ing just 144 total yards in the
shortened game, Robinson
was a steady 9-of-13 passing
and showed glimpses of his
old self - with no turnovers.
A ~ ._
3/ Brady Hoke's
Brady Hokes ordinary.
gan certainly displayed the
style of offense expected of
it. The Wolverines ran the
ball twice as many times as
they threw it (26-13), and the
the backs took charge of the
running game once again.
4/4 The crowd of
its grade with
Big Houses a gritty late-
mance. After surviving soaring
temperatures before kick-
off, the first drops of rain
brought the loudest cheers
of the day. Denard Rob-
inson admitted that gave
him a boost on the field.
C JREDSHIRT SENIOR LINEBACKER
WA BRANDON HERRON
4 When it was announced that redshirt
sophomore linebacker Cam Gordon wouldn't
start Saturday due to a minor back injury,
the strong-side linebacker spot was left up to
redshirt senior Brandon Herron, who made
a position swith just weeks earlier. Herron
was thrust into the spotlight and didn't just
have a career day, he set a Michigan record for
defensive touchdowns. Herron caught a tipped
pass in the early third quarter and returned it
i I94 yards for the score and followed that record
performance by picking up a loose ball and
! running it in 29 yards for his second touchdown
2 a - and his first since the eighth grade.
MICHIGAN STADIUM'S CAPACITY
CROWD OF 110,506
Not only did the throngs of fans filling the Big
House stands not see a complete game - they
didn't even geta full three quarters in - but they
endured intense heat and a deluge in the span of
a few hours. For the first time in program history,
the crowd was forced to vacate Michigan Stadium
in the midst of a game. Plus, in the meantime the
crowd was subjected to Pop Evil's "In the Big
House" pumping through the stadium speakers
on three different occasions. And Michigan's
new style of offense is anything but exciting.
When Denard Robinson is only running the
ball six times, it's a downer day for the crowd.
(Somebody) said, 'Well maybe we should
terminate the game and it really never
happened.' We'd be here 'til 3 o'clock in
the morning ... to settle that outcome."
- Michigan Athletic Director Dave Brandon on the decision to end the game.
THE MICHIGAN DAILY TOP 10 POLL
Each week, Daily sports staffers fill out ballots, with first place votes receiving 10 points, second-place
votes receiving nine, and so on.
1. OKLAHOMA (5): After Hurricane
Irene, a 33-point victory over ateam
called the Golden Hurricane is a win
T2. ALABAMA (3): Kent State's
punter had 528 yards - almost six
times the output of their offense.
T2. LSU (3): LSU delivered the
beatdown to Oregon on the field that
L Jordan Jefferson delivered off it.
6. FLORIDA STATE: After putting up
34 points with just one turnover, no
one misses Christian Ponder.
7. WISCONSIN: Russell Wilson ran
wild onthe team formerly called the
Runnin' Rebels. Ironic, no?
8. NEBRASKA: If beating
Chattanooga gets you to No. 8,
expect Jacksonville State here
4. BOISE STATE: Kellen Moore's 9. TEXAS A&M: Did everybody else
Heisman campaignomustbe run by the miss the part where Texas A&M
Obama team. AT M became a top-10 team?
. STANFORD: I don't know if you
heard, but Andrew Luck is kind of
10. OREGON: The Ducks weasel into
the Top 10 after losing to LSU. It's
got to be the uniforms.