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.