Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson has set another record.
The elusive signal-caller overcame two early interceptions to throw for a Michigan-record 262 yards and three touchdowns in the first half against Illinois. The game is tied at halftime, 31-31.
Robinson has completed just 7 of his 15 passes, but has been aided by four big plays, three of which went to receiver Roy Roundtree. Robinson hit Roundtree on a 75-yard touchdown to open the scoring—on Michigan’s first play from scrimmage.
With Michigan trailing 14-7 in the second quarter, Robinson thread a perfect strike to Roundtree again on a 4th-and-9 from the Illinois 33 that Roundtree took the distance to tie the score.
Then with the Illini leading once again 21-14, Robinson and Roundtree hooked up on a 75-yard play that setup Stephen Hopkin’s 4-yard plunge to tie the score. Robinson also threw a 45-yard touchdown to Junior Hemingway that gave Michigan a brief 28-21 lead.
Roundtree finished the half with 192 yards on four receptions and two touchdowns.
In all, Michigan and Illinois combined for 49 points in the second quarter alone and racked up 706 yards of total offense in the first half (394 for Michigan, 312 for Illinois).