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Illinois vs. Michigan: Illini routed by Wolverines

It wasn't much of a contest on Saturday, as Michigan bested Illinois in every aspect of the game in a blowout win.

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Illinois vs. Michigan final: Illinois loses 45-0

No. 25 Michigan wiped the floor with Big Ten rival Illinois on Saturday, putting up a 21-point third quarter en route to a 45-0 shutout. The Wolverines got the scoring started when quarterback Denard Robinson, bothered late by a pinky injury, hit Jeremy Gallon for a 71-yard touchdown strike, and it was steady going from there.

The Wolverines put up 17 points in the first half: Robinson rushed for a 6-yard score and Brendan Gibbons hit an 18-yard field goal following a couple failed runs from Fitzgerald Toussaint. The game was plenty over by the time Thomas Rawls rushed for a 63-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter for 45-0 lead.

Nathan Scheelhaase and Reilly O'Toole had only thrown a combined 11 passes by the time the fourth quarter came around. In the end, Illinois finished with just 29 yards through the air, and 105 yards rushing. Michigan outgained them with 174 yards passing and 353 yard on the ground.

Box Score Hero: It seems like Denard Robinson is always the guy talked about when it comes to this section, and that's not changing today. Robinson accounted for four touchdowns, and 287 all purpose yards. While he only threw for 159 yards, he added 128 on the ground.

Rankings Ramifications: Illinois is unranked and will remain as such, while Michigan has a case to move up from its spot at No. 25. Within the Big Ten, the Wolverines now hold a 2-0 mark.

But Did They Cover? According to SB Nation's college football odds page, the Wolverines were favored by 21 points and easily covered. The over/under of around 50 wasn't reached in the shutout, however.

Next Week's Schedule: Michigan will take on a fierce rival Michigan State on Oct. 20, while Illinois will have a bye week to work out the kinks before taking on Indiana on Oct. 27.

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Illini trail Wolverines big time heading into 4th

Illinois has only attempted 11 passes on the day, and they find themselves trailing the Michigan Wolverines 38-0 heading into the fourth and final quarter. Nathan Scheelhasse and Reilly O'Toole have combined for just 25 yards of passing, and it's all fallen on the rushing attack to move the ball. They've managed 106 yards on the ground, but Michigan has out-gained them by a good margin, with 159 yards through the air and 209 yards on the ground.

Wolverines quarterback Denard Robinson has completed seven of his 11 pass attempts, with two scores through the air. The first score of the game was a 71-yard touchdown to Jeremy Gallon. Robinson also has accounted for 128 yards on the ground, with a pair of touchdowns to boot. He got the third quarter started with a 49-yard rushing touchdown.

Illinois was trailing by a score of 17-0 heading into the second half, but allowed 21 points in the third quarter to virtually put this one to bed before the fourth quarter even started.


Illini trail Wolverines, 17-0, at halftime

Illinois hasn't been able to get anything done against No. 25 Michigan on Saturday, as they trail, 17-0, at the half. Their most promising drive of the day started at their own 34-yard line, and quarterback Nathan Scheelhasse broke away for a 23-yard rush that put them into scoring position. Taylor Zalewski was called on to kick the 50-yard field goal from the Michigan 32, but it was off the mark and they were held scoreless for the half.

Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson got the scoring started when he hit wide receiver Jeremy Gallon for a 71-yard touchdown in the first. Robinson also rushed for a 6-yard touchdown late in the half to make the game 17-0. Their other score was a Brendan Gibbons 18-yard field goal, which came after Illinois bottled up running back Fitzgerald Toussaint for rushes of no gain from the 1-yard line.

Scheelhasse has thrown the ball six times, but has only completed two of his passes for four yards. Their rushing attack is fairing a bit better, but they're still out-gained in that area, with Michigan putting up 120 yards to Illinois' 96. Robinson has 66 yards off of eight carries and 119 yards through the air.


Illinois vs. Michigan: Wolverines lead after one

Illinois trails No. 25 Michigan through one quarter of play on Saturday, as Illinois looks for their first Big Ten victory. Wolverines quarterback Denard Robinson found Jeremy Gallon for a huge 71-yard touchdown early in the game, on Michigan's first possession. The pass came after four-straight runs and was Robinson's first pass attempt of the game. It clearly caught the Illinois defense off guard, and put them down 7-0.

A nine-play drive fell short of a second touchdown for Michigan, and they opted to kick an 18-yard field goal after Fitzgerald Toussaint was stopped for a rush of no gain on second and third down at the Illinois 1-yard line. The field goal from Brendan Gibbons put Michigan up 10-0, a lead they're carrying into the second quarter.

Illinois has punted twice, with two first downs coming on their opening drive. Donovonn Young is rushing the ball well, with 24 yards off of five carries, but every run seems to be interspersed with a loss of yardage or an incomplete pass.

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