Game balls from the Michigan football team's 40-34 victory Saturday against Ohio State.
DENARD ROBINSON (4):
The junior quarterback was at his best and turned in his most balanced game of his career, throwing three touchdown passes and running for two more scores. It’s the third time in his career he’s accounted for five touchdowns. Robinson finished with 337 total yards (170 yards rushing, 167 passing) and for the first time in his career scored against Ohio State.
FITZGERALD TOUSSAINT (4):
The sophomore running back eclipsed 1,000 yards for the season with a 120-yard game that included a 46-yard run. Toussaint and Robinson both finished the season with more than 1,000 yards. It’s first time Michigan had two players with more than 1,000 yards rushing since 1975, when Gordon Bell and Rob Lytle did it.
MICHIGAN DEFENSE (3):
Michigan gave up 372 total yards and 34 points, but came up with big plays when it counted. Some examples: Middle linebacker Kenny Demens sacked Braxton Miller early in the fourth quarter for a 2-yard loss on the 4-yard line, forcing Ohio State to settle for a field goal when a touchdown would have given the Buckeyes the lead. Sophomore cornerback Cortney Avery had an interception and forced a fumble. Jordan Kovacs had a sack and another tackle for a loss.
BRAXTON MILLER (2):
The freshman Ohio State quarterback came out strong, throwing a 54-yard touchdown pass on the first series of the game and temporarily quieting the Michigan Stadium crowd. He passed for 235 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 100 yards and a touchdown.