Live Blog: Michigan looking for 2-0 Big Ten start as Illinois invades Michigan Stadium
ANN ARBOR --
3:34-0:00 -- That's it, Michigan completes the shutout -- its first since a 58-0 win over Minnesota last season -- with a 45-0 win over Illinois.
6:01-3:34 -- Jack Kennedy now in the game at quarterback for Michigan -- Wolverines hoping to just kill the clock and keep the shutout alive.
7:37-6:01 -- Thomas Rawls, ladies and gentlemen. He rumbles 63 yards down the sideline for another Michigan touchdown. Broke away and outran the entire Illini defense on that one after breaking a tackle near the line of scrimmage. Michigan 45, Illinois 0
10:57-7:37 -- This one's all over but the crying -- and the drying, in most people's case. Michigan has virtually all of its backups in the football game at this point. And has the ball again, up 38-0.
12:07-10:57 -- Dennis Norfleet gets the crowd back on its feet here late in the game, ripping off a 42-yard punt return across midfield. He may have gone all the way, but he slammed right into the punter. Michigan ball.
15:00-12:07 -- Russell Bellomy takes over for Denard Robinson as this blowout continues. He then fumbles a shotgun snap. Illinois takes over at its own 40. Not a good start for Bellomy in the second half.
3:43-:00 -- Jake Ryan is everywhere. Now with 11 tackles, 1 1/2 sacks -- Illinois punts again. Michigan ball as the fourth quarter begins.
6:04-3:43 -- Jake Ryan forces a sack/fumble, Mario Ojemudia recovers on the Illinois 6. Two plays later, Fitz Toussaint bulls in from two yards out. Michigan 38, Illinois 0
8:53-6:04 -- Michigan drive stalls, we'll see how much longer Denard Robinson plays. Illinois ball on its own 3.
10:10-8:53 -- Illinois looking bad offensively, nearly a pick-six. Michigan's defense is in a groove -- just two touchdowns allowed in the past 10-plus quarters of football. Wolverine ball on the Illinois 40.
11:57-10:10 -- My goodness, Devin Funchess. Michigan's freshman tight end does it again, snagging a leaping catch in the back of the end zone to close out a short drive -- that's four total touchdowns for Robinson today. And another blowout is underway. Michigan 31, Illinois 0
12:06-11:57 -- One play, one interception. Kenny Demens intercepts Reilly O'Toole -- Michigan ball on its own 27.
14:51-12:11 -- Denard Robinson with what might have been his run of the year, a double cut-back 49-yarder for a touchdown. With that run, he goes over 10,000 total yards for his career. It's all Michigan. Michigan 24, Illinois 0
:30-0:00 -- Halftime -- Michigan up 17-0.
1:20-:30 -- Brady Hoke won't like that possession. Robinson fumbles a snap and loses six yards, Roundtree drops a pass. Punt.
4:41-1:20 -- Illinois moves the ball out over the 50, decides to go for it on fourth and inches, but Kenny Demens blows it up. Michigan ball.
8:34-4:41 -- Denard Robinson is back, and Michigan is back in the end zone. Robinson rattles off a 33-yard scamper to set up his own 6-yard touchdown run. Robinson now with 40 career TD passes and 40 career TD runs. Also, Fitz Toussaint, Thomas Rawls, Dennis Norfleet and Justice Hayes have all seen carries early -- Michigan 17, Illinois 0
12:59-8:34 -- Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase goes down with an injury in Michigan territory, and the Illini are forced to try a 50-yard field goal -- they missed. Denard Robinson back on the field for Michigan.
14:00-12:59 -- Russell Bellomy stays in the game. Michigan Radio says Denard Robinson's return is "probable." In any event, Bellomy is hurt by two straight drops by Michigan wideouts -- Wolverines punt for the first time.
:54-14:00 -- Michigan nearly allows a massive third and long completion, but dodges a bullet. Illinois punts, it looks like Russell Bellomy is coming back in the game.
6:01-:54 -- Michigan with another strong drive, but not everything is well. Ricky Barnum leaves the game with a leg injury, then two plays later, Denard Robinson leaves the game with an apparent right arm/wrist injury. Russell Bellomy enters, Michigan settles for an 18-yard field goal. Michigan 10, Illinois 0
8:12-6:01 -- Illinois shooting itself in the foot with penalties and bad snaps, another three and out (and an ugly one at that). Jeremy Gallon returns the punt to the Michigan 34.
10:41-8:12 -- Michigan gives handoffs to Fitz Toussaint and Dennis Norfleet on its first drive, and Thomas Rawls also gets a snap. None of it matters, though. Jeremy Gallon grabs a slip screen and runs 71 yards for a touchdown. Great start for the Wolverines. Michigan 7, Illinois 0
15:00-10:41 -- Illinois marches out near midfield, but eventually stalls out -- not a bad opening drive for the Illini, but Michigan holds regardless. The Wolverines will get the ball back on their own 15.
• Desmond Morgan, sophomore linebacker, will wear Gerald Ford's No. 48 jersey -- nice choice.
• Gerald Ford tribute video being played now on the scoreboard. We'll find out who gets No. 48 in minutes.
• It's homecoming, so you've got the alumni band and cheerleaders on the field. Always a fun group.
• Taylor Lewan wasn't warming up with the No. 1 offense at left tackle, Ricky Barnum was working at left guard. Lewan is on the dress list, and is on the field, though. So we'll see if this means anything.
• Dress list updates: Fullback Stephen Hopkins is out again today, he's been battling a hamstring. Fifth-year senior tight end Brandon Moore is on the list today, though. He's been out since midway through the season-opener with a knee injury.
• Some relatively nasty weather on tap in Ann Arbor today. It's been misting for most of the pregame warmups. Temp at 45 degrees. Field's wet, but Brady Hoke sticking with his customary short-sleeved shirt. ... He's dedicated.
What a difference a week makes.
Prior to heading onto the road against Purdue last week, Michigan was picked by many as a potential upset victim against the upstart Boilermakers.
On 44-13 Michigan victory later, and the Wolverines are back in the good graces of many -- and are once again eyed as a legitimate Big Ten title contender.
That march continues Saturday (3:30 p.m., ABC) when the 25th-ranked Wolverines welcome Illinois (2-4, 0-2) into Michigan Stadium for homecoming.
Feel free to join the conversation with MLive.com's Nick Baumgardner throughout the game -- we can talk football, Denard Robinson, weather, Fitz Toussaint, press box food and more. So much more.
The Wolverines are favored by 25 points, Illinois is struggling -- will Michigan continue its upward momentum? Or take a step back.
We'll start finding out in about an hour.