ANN ARBOR, MI - SEPTEMBER 17: Denard Robinson #16 of the University of Michigan Wolverines scores on an 11-yard touchdown run pass in the second quarter of the game against Eastern Michigan Eagles at Michigan Stadium on September 17, 2011 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Michigan Vs. Eastern Michigan: Wolverines Run Over Eagles In 31-3 Win

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Michigan Vs. Eastern Michigan: Wolverines' Rushing Game Dominates Eagles In 31-3 Win

Denard Robinson didn’t have his best stuff through the air against Eastern Michigan. Luckily he still had his legs.

Robinson ran for 198 yards and a score and threw for two more as the Wolverines amassed 376 rushing yards in a 31-3 win over EMU.

Vincent Smith added 118 yards on just nine carries for Michigan, who ran their record to 3-0. Brady Hoke, coaching his 100th career game, got back to .500 for his career at 50-50.

EMU controlled the early part of the game, but turnovers prevented the Eagles from capitalizing on their success. Running back Javonti Greene fumbled in Michigan territory on their first possession, and backup quarterback Tyler Benz was picked off in the end zone on a trick play.

Michigan didn’t score in the first quarter for the third straight game and trailed 3-0 after an early second quarter field goal, but Robinson finally got things going on offense. After Thomas Gordon made the interception of Benz, Robinson orchestrated a 97-yard drive that ended with a short touchdown toss to tight end Kevin Koger. Michigan never trailed again.

They took a 14-3 lead into the break on a six-play drive at the end of the half that featured all runs, in what would become the theme of the day for Michigan. Michigan ran 69 plays on the afternoon, 50 of them runs.

The Wolverines picked up right where they left off after halftime with Fitzgerald Toussaint punching in a 1-yard score to push the lead to 21-3. Robinson threw his second touchdown pass of the game to Drew Dileo with a little over a minute left in the third.

Brendan Gibbons made Michigan’s first field goal of the year in the fourth, a 21-yard chip shot, to make it 31-3


Michigan Vs. Eastern Michigan Score: Denard Robinson Comes Alive To Stake Wolverines To 14-3 Halftime Lead

Denard Robinson and Michigan’s offense have finally woken up in the second quarter and given Michigan a 14-3 halftime lead.

Eastern Michigan took a 3-0 lead on an early second quarter field goal, but Robinson has rushed for 131 yards and engineered a pair of touchdown drives to take control of the game. However, it didn’t come easily.

Eastern was looking for more after forcing Michigan to a three-and-out, but Thomas Gordon made an incredible one-handed interception near the end zone on a trick double-pass play by EMU backup quarterback Tyler Benz. Gordon also recovered a fumble on EMU’s first possession of the game in Michigan territory.

Robinson then took over and marched the Wolverines 97 yards in nine plays, highlighted by a 52-yard scramble on first down that got Michigan in business. Robinson capped the drive by hitting tight end Kevin Koger for a 9-yard touchdown — his second completion of the day.

The teams went back and forth with a few three-and-out drives before Michigan got the ball back near the end of the half. Michigan pounded EMU with six straight runs that was capped by an 11-yard scamper for Robinson to make it 14-3.

First half stats

Robinson, U-M: 2/8, 21 yards, TD, INT
Gillett, EMU: 3/4, 29 yards

Robinson, U-M: 14 carries, 131 yards, TD
Javonti Greene, EMU: 20 carries, 75 yards

Koger, U-M: 2 rec, 21 yards, TD
Julius Shelby, EMU: 1 rec, 18 yards.

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