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                        === Michigan blanks Illinois ===
 
 Ann  Arbor, MI (Sports Network) - Denard Robinson threw for two scores and ran
 for  two more as the 25th-ranked Michigan Wolverines trounced their conference
 foes, shutting out the Illinois Fighting Illini at the Big House, 45-0.
 
 On  just 11 passing and rushing attempts, Robinson threw for 159 yards and ran
 for  another 128,  outgaining the entire Illinois offense by himself. With his
 rushing  touchdown in the second quarter, Robinson became the eighth player in
 NCAA history to amass 40 passing and rushing touchdowns in a career.
 
 Fitzgerald  Toussiant  added 62  yards  and  a score  on  18  carries for  the
 Wolverines  (4-2, 2-0  Big Ten), who won their second consecutive game in blow
 out  fashion after defeating Purdue, 44-13, last week. Jeremy Gallon and Devin
 Funchess each caught a touchdown pass for Michigan.
 
 Illinois (2-5, 0-3) not only lost its fourth straight contest on Saturday, but
 its  starting  quarterback as  well. Nathan Scheelhaase  left with an apparent
 head/shoulder  injury and did not return. Backup Reilly O'Toole couldn't solve
 the  Fighting Illini's  offensive problems, finishing 5-of-10 for 25 yards and
 an interception.
 
 Donovonn  Young  ran for  49 yards  on 16 carries  for Illinois, which remains
 winless in conference play this season.
 
 Michigan quickly opened up the scoring on its first possession. Following four
 running  plays, Robinson  hooked up with Gallon for a 71-yard touchdown strike
 to give the Wolverines a 7-0 lead.
 
 After forcing the Fighting Illini to a three-and-out, Michigan once again used
 the  run  to set  up the pass.  They crossed midfield  after three rushes, the
 first a 12-yard gain by Toussaint, and two plays later Robinson connected with
 Roy Roundtree for a 33-yard completion to the Illinois' 9.
 
 The  drive stalled for the Wolverines, however, and they settled for a Brendan
 Gibbons 18-yard field goal.
 
 Illinois  kicker Taylor Zalewski missed a 50-yard attempt with 8:37 to play in
 the second quarter.
 
 On  3rd-and-5, Scheelhaase  scampered for 23 yards to the Michigan 38, but was
 injured  on the  play and Illinois couldn't pick up another first down. Forced
 to try a long field goal, Zalewski's attempt sailed wide right.
 
 With  8:37 remaining  in the second quarter, the Wolverines ran all nine plays
 on  their  ensuing possession, highlighted by  a 33-yard sprint by Robinson to
 the  Fighting  Illini' 10. Robinson  ran it in from  six yards out three plays
 later  to  cement his place  in the  record books and  to give Michigan a 17-0
 lead.
 
 "Denard is a great football player," said Illinois coach Tim Beckham. "He made
 people  miss  tonight --  he made people  miss tackles. He  did some very good
 things  and is a very, very good football player, and I guess we didn't defend
 well enough because he had a spectacular football game."
 
 Illinois would cross midfield just one more time for the rest of the game.
 
 With  O'Toole in the game at quarterback, he completed a pass to Josh Ferguson
 for  a 9-yard  gain to  reach the  50-yard line.  Ferguson took  the next  two
 carries  and picked  up nine yards, but  O'Toole and Young were stuffed for no
 gain on the next two plays and Illinois turned it over on downs.
 
 On  Michigan's first possession of the second half, Robinson scored again with
 his feet, running for a 49-yard touchdown on an option play.
 
 The  game came  undone for  Illinois  following Michigan's  touchdown. On  the
 Fighting  Illini's  first play from scrimmage  of the second half, O'Toole was
 intercepted by Kenney Demens deep in Illinois territory.
 
 "He  had  seen the formation, he  jumped the route," said Michigan coach Brady
 Hoke  regarding Demens'  interception. "He knew what the play was going to be.
 It  tells  you about the kids  and the teachers  they have as coaches, who are
 doing a great job with them."
 
 The  Wolverines took  over  on the  Illinois 27  and  Robinson connected  with
 Toussaint  for  a 15-yard completion  before hitting  Funchess in the end zone
 for an 8-yard score to make it 31-0.
 
 Illinois  got pinned  back deep in its own territory after forcing Michigan to
 punt  and  O'Toole turned it  over again, this  time fumbling following a Jake
 Ryan  sack. Michigan recovered and handed the ball off to Toussaint twice, the
 second time punching it in for a 2-yard score.
 
 Thomas  Rawls broke off a 63-yard touchdown rush with just over six minutes to
 play to account for the final margin.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 After  totaling 287 yards of offense on Saturday, Robinson now has over 10,000
 total  yards  for his career ...  Wolverine linebacker Jake Ryan tied a career
 high  with 11  tackles and  registered 1  1/2 sacks  on Saturday  ... Michigan
 improved  to 69-23-2  in the all-time series against Illinois, who has lost 42
 of the previous 50 meetings ... Illinois was outgained on Saturday 134-527 and
 managed just seven first downs.
 
 
 
 10/13 19:54:53 ET

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