Michigan receiver Roy Roundtree quietly has another 100-yard day
Lon Horwedel | AnnArbor.com
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - He didn’t know his numbers Saturday - but then again, most of Michigan’s football players don’t keep track of their statistics.
So Michigan wide receiver Roy Roundtree was surprised when he racked up yet another 100-yard game Saturday against Indiana, the second straight game he’s hit triple digits in receiving yards.
“They (were) all over me,” Roundtree said as he walked to the bus following Michigan’s 42-35 win over Indiana. “But I just had to find a way to get open.”
He did five times for 126 yards, matching his career-high for yards against Purdue last year.
He scored on a 32-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Denard Robinson to put Michigan up, 14-7, in the first quarter.
Roundtree saw from the film he watched during the week there was a chance he’d have a big game Saturday.
And then, he delivered.
"I was just trying to get up on the defensive players and run great routes," he said.
Finally, a big run Vincent Smith was waiting for this moment from the time he arrived on the Michigan campus.
When Smith saw how Indiana’s defense was aligned, he knew he had his shot. On a first-down at the Michigan 44-yard line in the third quarter, he watched what the Hoosiers defense was doing.
He got the ball and took off, scoring 56 yards later on the longest run he’s had at Michigan.
“I knew I had a cutback lane,” Smith said. “I just sprinted my way to the end zone, made a good move, broke a tackle and got in the end zone.”
It was the first time since he was a senior at Pahokee High School in Florida that he had a run like that. It was an October day, Smith said, the last time he got one like that, against Dwyer.
“Long time,” Smith said, smiling. “I was real excited about that.”
Quote of the day: Roundtree describing if this year’s Michigan-Indiana game feeling like the 2009 game, where Michigan won, 36-33.
“A lot like last year. A lot like last year. When I saw the ball go to Jun (Junior Hemingway), I was like ‘Jun’s going up for that one.’ When he came down with it, it just put a smile on my face.”
This and that Free safety Cameron Gordon had a career-high 15 tackles. Freshman hybrid Carvin Johnson returned to the starting lineup after spraining his left MCL in the opener. Linebacker Kevin Leach and receiver/holder Doug Rogan were game captains along with permanent captains Stephen Schilling and Mark Moundros. Indiana quarterback Ben Chappell threw for more yards than any other opposing quarterback against the Wolverines, surpassing the 436 yards by Northwestern’s Sandy Schwab in 1982. Michigan won its 17th straight game against Indiana.