After ending Michigan's seven game losing streak to the Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Denard Robinson knew he would be adored by Michigan fans. The Big Ten Conference was also impressed with his performance, as he shared the Offensive Player of the Week honors this week with Wisconsin's Montee Ball for his efforts in the 40-34 win for the Wolverines:
Co-Offensive Players of the Week
Denard Robinson, Michigan
Jr., QB, Deerfield Beach, Fla./Deerfield Beach
·Accounted for five touchdowns and more than 330 yards of total offense, becoming just the fourth player in NCAA history to gain 2,000 yards passing and 1,000 yards rushing in a season twice in his career
·Completed 14 of 17 passes for 167 yards and three touchdowns, moving him into sixth place in school history with 38 career touchdown passes
·Also rushed for 170 yards and two scores, giving him 35 career rushing touchdowns to move into fifth place in program history
·Claims his fourth weekly award of the season, tied for second most in conference history, and his seventh career weekly honor, the third highest total in Big Ten history
·Last Michigan Offensive Player of the Week: Denard Robinson (Nov. 21, 2011)
This is the second straight such award for Robinson, and with four such awards on the season he is expected to be named Offensive Player of the Year for the Big Ten later this week. Robinson was named as the Preseason Offensive Player of the Year as well.
Michigan took a 30-24 over Ohio State early in the third quarter on a 20-yard touchdown pass from Denard Robinson to Martavious Odoms. But as the clock ran out on the quarter, the Buckeyes were threatening to regain the lead after a 23-yard run by Braxton Miller to the Michigan 5-yard line.
Miller continues to be a dual threat for OSU, passing for 158 yards and two touchdowns while also rushing for 87 yards and a score.
But Ohio State has also had difficulty containing Robinson when he runs the ball. After three quarters, Michigan’s quarterback has 124 yards rushing with two touchdowns. Tailback Fitzgerald Toussaint has added another 78 yards on 13 carries.
Shortly before the end of the third quarter, Michigan punter Will Hagerup fumbled the long snap at the Wolverines’ 49-yard line. He recovered the fumble but was tackled by Ohio State defenders after a one-yard gain. The Buckeyes took over at the Michigan 32-yard line, giving them a short field to work with.
It’s 1st-and-goal for OSU at the Michigan 5-yard line as the fourth quarter begins.
A 43-yard touchdown pass from Braxton Miller to DeVier Posey with 1:21 left in the second quarter gave Ohio State a one-point lead over Michigan. At halftime, the Buckeyes lead the Wolverines 24-23.
Michigan took a 23-17 lead with just over four minutes remaining on a six-yard run by Denard Robinson. The big play on that drive was a 46-yard run by Fitzgerald Toussaint.
In the first half, Robinson has rushed for 82 yards on 12 carries, pushing him over 1,000 yards rushing for the season. His touchdown was his 15th on the year. Robinson has also completed 7-of-8 passes for 58 yards and a score. That came on a 26-yard first quarter pass to Junior Hemingway.
Toussaint has rushed for 57 yards on eight carries for the Wolverines.
Michigan has had difficulty stopping Miller on designed runs and scrambles. The Ohio State quarterback has 54 yards rushing and a touchdown on eight carries in the first half. He’s also beaten the Wolverines with the pass, completing 8-of-15 throws for 129 yards and two touchdowns.
But the Buckeyes might have an even bigger lead had Miller not missed Posey on a flag route early in the second quarter. Ohio State ended up settling for a 45-yard field goal by Drew Basil.
Overall, it’s been a pretty even match between the two rivals. Ohio State has 210 yards of total offense in the first half, while Michigan has 203. The Wolverines have outrushed the Buckeyes, 145-81. But OSU has the advantage in passing yards, 129-58, thanks largely to big plays by Posey and Corey Brown.
Michigan has the lone turnover thus far, which essentially accounts for the difference in the game. Robinson fumbled early in the second quarter, giving OSU the ball on the Wolverines’ 31-yard line. Three plays later, Miller scored on a 19-run run to give the Buckeyes a 17-16 lead.
The Wolverines will receive the ball to begin the second half.
"The Game" started out exactly the way that the Michigan Wolverines did not - trailing the Ohio State Buckeyes 7-0 after a 54 yard touchdown from Braxton Miller to Corey Brown. For a team that hadn't beaten Ohio State since 2003, it was somewhat worrying, but they held in there and responded with a Denard Robinson 41 yard touchdown rush, tying the game at 7-7.
What followed was a good bit of luck and a sizable amount of hilarity, as Ohio State, after an incomplete pass, were called for holding on Zach Boren, then a false start on Jack Mewhort, and after a loss of two on a rushing attempt from Miller, had another holding penalty called on Mike Adams. This final holding call resulted in a safety, putting Michigan up 9-7, and giving them their first lead over Ohio State since Nov. 17, 2007.
Immediately after getting the ball back following the safety, Robinson would hook up with Junior Hemmingway on a 26 yard touchdown pass, and a Brendan Gibbons extra point put them up 16-7. Ohio State were then forced to punt and Michigan took over again as the first quarter came to an end.
The Michigan Wolverines are looking for their 10th win of the season when they take on the Ohio State Buckeyes on Saturday. Michigan is 9-2 entering "The Game," and is looking at an at-large BCS berth. This is a stark contrast to last season, when the Wolverines were struggling through a collapse. Their opponents, the Buckeyes, are the ones suffering the collapse this time around, and are sitting at 6-5 on the season. Michigan hasn't beaten Ohio State since 2003, and the chance to really reinforce the fact that they are "back" presents itself in the opportunity to end that losing skid.
The Wolverines haven't had this kind of opportunity to beat the Buckeyes in some time, perhaps even since that last win in 2003. For one of the greatest rivalries in college football, this is almost unacceptable. Michigan will be out for blood on Saturday in "The Game," no question.