Michigan 67, Illinois 65: A comprehensive guide to Saturday's coverage
Lon Horwedel | AnnArbor.com
Long after the dust settled on the highest-scoring game in Michigan football history, the outrageous numbers continued to swirl.
Consider: 1,237 combined offensive yards, 132 points, three overtimes. And offensive records shattered all over the field.
But here are the most important numbers for the Wolverines: The 67-65 win snapped a three-game losing streak and the six-win Michigan program is eligible for postseason play for the first time since Rich Rodriguez stepped on campus.
"You’ve gotta get to six to be bowl eligible and every win after that elevates your bowl status, so to speak. Our guys realized that, particularly our seniors," Rodriguez said in his post-game press conference. "So that was important for us, and it’s important for us now to understand that every game after this is more important.”
AnnArbor.com reporters -- and their burned out calculators -- had the game covered from every angle. Here's a roundup of what you can find on our site today:
Post-Game Coverage â€¢ Scoring summary and boxscore.
â€¢ In his main game story, beat writer Pete Bigelow recounts the game's final play through senior lineman Steve Schilling's closed eyes.
â€¢ One of the first offensive records to fall was Michigan receiver Roy Roundtree setting the single-game receiving yardage mark.
â€¢ A much-maligned Michigan defense gave up a bushel of points and yards once again, but made the play of the game when it mattered most.
â€¢ In our notebook, we touch on quarterback Denard Robinson's injury, more offensive records and other items.
â€¢ Michigan's Roy Roundtree, Illinois' Mikel Leshoure earn top honors in Bigelow's game balls.
In-Game Updates â€¢ AnnArbor.com photographers Lon Horwedel and Melanie Maxwell's have a full day's worth of images -- from pre-game to post-game -- compiled in this slideshow:
â€¢ Jim Knight kept a ridiculously fast-paced running update file during the game. Check that out here.
â€¢ Rich Rezler and Mike Rothstein hosted a live chat during the game. Read that transcript here.
Around the Big Ten (click on score for complete game recap)
Penn State 35, Northwestern 21: Matt McGloin threw four touchdown passes to help earn Joe Paterno his unprecedented 400th coaching victory in Happy Valley. Paterno, who now owns a 400-132-3 career record, is the first coach in FBS history to win 400 games. Evan Royster ran for 134 yards and added 45 yards and a touchdown for Penn State, which scored 35 unanswered points after falling behind 21-0. Dan Persa threw two touchdown passes and ran for a score in defeat for Northwestern.
Michigan State 31, Minnesota 8: Edwin Baker rushed for 179 yards and a career-high four touchdowns to lead the 16th-ranked Spartans to a home win. Kirk Cousins threw for 131 yards. Big Ten bottom feeder Minnesota struggled offensively and could only muster 267 yards. The Gophers' lone score came in the fourth quarter when MarQueis Gray made an acrobatic 9-yard catch on a pass from Adam Weber.
Iowa 18, Indiana 13: Ricky Stanzi threw a 52-yard touchdown pass to Marvin McNutt late in the fourth quarter to put Iowa ahead and the 15th-ranked Hawkeyes survived a dropped Indiana pass in the end zone in the final minute. The Hoosiers' Ben Chappell threw to a wide open Damarlo Belcher in the end zone for what appeared to be the winning score. Belcher, though, juggled the ball as he was falling to the ground and never had possession.
Wisconsin 34, Purdue 13: Montee Ball ran for a career-high 127 yards and a pair of second-half touchdowns, leading seventh-ranked Wisconsin at Ross-Ade Stadium. Scott Tolzien completed 13 of 19 passes for 130 yards with a touchdown for the Badgers, who have won four straight since opening the Big Ten schedule with a loss at Michigan State. Purdue quarterback Sean Robinson threw for 141 yards with a touchdown in his first start, but the true freshman was picked off three times. The Boilermakers held a halftime lead before being outscored 28-3 in the final 30 minutes.