Michigan Outlasts Illinois, 67-65, In Triple OT To Become Bowl Eligible

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Michigan Wins Shootout With Illinois, 67-65, In Triple Overtime

In what may have been the wildest game ever played in the 83-year history of Michigan Stadium, Michigan beat Illinois, 67-65 in triple overtime.

Tate Forcier hit Darryl Stonum for a nine-yard touchdown with 1:47 left to push the game into overtime. And in the third overtime period, the Wolverines’ defense finally made a big stop when needed, sacking Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase on a two-point conversion attempt.

The 132 combined points makes for the highest-scoring game in the 131-year history of Michigan football. 49 of those points were scored in the second quarter. The Wolverines and Fighting Illini were tied 31-31 at halftime. The lead changed hands five times.

Denard Robinson threw for 305 yards (including a school record 262 in the first half) and three touchdowns, while Forcier added another 113 yards and two scores. Robinson also threw two interceptions, with Forcier turning the ball twice on an interception and fumble.

Robinson also ran for 62 yards on 19 carries. Vincent Smith led the Wolverines with 74 yards rushing. Michael Shaw scored three touchdowns, and Stephen Hopkins added one more.

Receiver Roy Roundtree set a school record with 246 yards receiving on nine receptions with two touchdowns. That included a 75-yard scoring catch on Michigan’s first play from scrimmage. Junior Hemingway added six catches for 104 yards and another two scores.

For Illinois, Scheelhaase threw for 211 yards and three touchdowns, while rushing for another 101 yards and one touchdown on the ground. Running back Mikel LeShoure ran for 120 yards and scored three times.

Altogether, the two teams combined for 1,251 yards of total offense.

With their sixth win of the season, the Wolverines broke a three-game losing streak and are bowl eligible for the first time under head coach Rich Rodriguez. Michigan is now 2-3 in Big Ten play.

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Michigan Releases Injury Report For Illinois Game

Michigan's injury report is a bit longer than usual this week. J.T. Floyd had to be added since he is out for the season because of an ankle injury, and Mike Martin, Je'Ron Stokes and Perry Dorrestein are also on it this week, though they aren't out.

The players that are out this week are Fitzgerald Toussaint and the usual suspects who have previously suffered season-ending injuries. Floyd joins that group after suffering a season-ending injury during practice earlier this week. He, Mike Jones, Martavious Odoms, Jared Van Slyke, Mike Williams (he is out for at least this year) and Troy Woolfolk now compose that list. Toussaint, the other player out this week, has missed most of the season because of various injuries and is out again this week due to a shoulder issue that won't go away.

Questionable this week are Dorrestein and Stokes. Both are dealing with knee injuries and their status is up in the air for Saturday. If Dorrestein is unable to play, Mark Huyge will replace him in the starting lineup at right tackle.

Martin is the only player in the probable category for Saturday. He has been dealing with ankle injuries ever since the Michigan State game and hasn't been all that effective because of these injuries. He may play on Saturday, but whether or not he will actually be able to do all that much is an entirely different question.

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