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Posted on Sat, Nov 6, 2010 : 11:47 a.m.

Michigan hangs on, stops Illinois and wins in third overtime

By Jim Knight


Michigan fans huddle around a fire to stay warm while tailgating in the Pioneer High School parking lot Saturday before the Illinois at Michigan football game.

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Third overtime Michigan 67, Illinois 65: Mikel Lashoure scored on a 3-yard run, but the two-point conversion failed and Michigan wins the highest-scoring game in Michigan history.

Michigan 67, Illinois 59: Michael Shaw scored on 1-yard run and Tate Forcier found Junior Hemingway for the two-point conversion.

Second overtime Michigan 59, Illinois 59: Junior Hemingway scored on a 9-yard touchdown play, grabbing the ball in the end zone after Tate Forcier's pass bounced off an Illini defender.

Illinois 59, Michigan 52: Mikel Lashoure was wide open in the end zone and scored on a 25-yard pass on the first play in the second overtime. This is the highest-scoring game in FBS play this season.

Overtime Michigan 52, Illinois 52: Mikel Lashoure scored on a 1-yard run as Illinois tied it up to conclude the first OT period.

Michigan 52, Illinois 45: Michael Shaw scored on a 5-yard run as Michigan opened overtime on offense.

Numbers: Michigan piled up 605 yards of total offense through four quarters and Illinois has 486 as the two teams head into overtime.

Fourth quarter Michigan 45, Illinois 45: Tate Forcier scrambled to his left and found Darryl Stonum in the end zone for a 9-yard touchdown pass. Michigan moved the ball 80 yards in 12 plays.

Illinois 45, Michigan 38: Mikel Leshoure scored on a 1-yard run as Illinois took advantage of Tate Forcier's fumble by driving 28 yards in six plays.

Key play? Tate Forcier, in relief of an injured Denard Robinson, fumbled his first snap, giving Illinois the ball at the Michigan 28-yard line.

Michigan 38, Illinois 38: On the first play of the fourth quarter, Mikel Leshoure caught a 27-yard pass from Nathan Scheelhaase.

Third quarter Michigan 38, Illinois 31: Michael Shaw fought up the middle for an 18-yard touchdown run. Roy Roundtree already has 209 yards receiving, a Michigan record.

Missed field goal: Illinois' Derek Dimke missed a 39-yard field goal with 10:10 to play in the third quarter.

Halfitme: Would you believe 706 yards of combined total offense in the first half? Some more numbers from the first half: Michigan and Illinois combined for 989 yards in punt and kick return yardage. Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson has 262 yards passing with three touchdowns and two interceptions.

Second quarter Michigan 31, Illinois 31: Derek Dimke kicked a 43-yard field goal in a 34-second drive by Illinois.

Michigan 31, Illinois 28: Seth Broekhuizen kicked a 35-yard field goal, his third of the season. Michigan started the drive on the Illini 26-yard line after a long kickoff return by Darryl Stonum.

Michigan 28, Illinois 28: Illinois tied the game with a 33-yard touchdown pass from Nathan Scheelhaase to Ryan Langford.

Michigan 28, Illinois 21: Junior Hemingway caught a pass along the sideline, danced around three tacklers and finished with a 45-yard touchdown reception. Denard Robinson has 262 yards passing.

Michigan 21, Illinois 21: Stephen Hopkins scored on a 5-yard run as Michigan scored on a three-play drive. The big play: A 75-yard catch by Roy Roundtree, who has 192 yards receiving.

Illinois 21, Michigan 14: Jason Ford scored on a 64-yard run, just 40 seconds after Michigan scored.

Michigan 14, Illinois 14: Denard Robinson hit Roy Roundtree with a 33-yard touchdown pass on a fourth-and-eight play. Michigan drove 78 yards on seven plays.

Illinois 14, Michigan 7: Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase scored on a keeper to open the second quarter. Scheelhaase then completed a pass to Ryan Lankford for a two-point conversion.

First quarter Michigan 7, Illinois 6: Derek Dimke kicked a 43-yard field goal. Illinois took control at the Michigan 33-yard line after Denard Robinson threw his second interception of the game.

Michigan 7, Illinois 3: Derek Dimke kicked a 44-yard field goal, capping Illinois' 40-yard, 12-play drive.

Michigan 7, Illinois 0: Roy Roundtree caught a 75-yard touchdown pass from sophomore quarterback Denard Robinson on Michigan's first offensive play of the day. Total time of the drive: 14 seconds.

Today's game: Illinois (5-3, 3-2 Big Ten) and Michigan (5-3, 1-3) both can become bowl eligible with a victory today. We'll update this file throughout today's game.

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A different voice: Bobb Vergiels, the voice you hear at Comerica Park, is filling in as the announcer in Michigan Stadium today.

Michigan injury report: Out - J.T. Floyd (ankle), Mike Jones (leg), Martavious Odoms (foot), Fitzgerald Toussaint (shoulder), Jared Van Slyke (clavicle) Mike Williams (head), Troy Woolfolk (ankle). Questionable - Perry Dorrenstein (knee), Je'Ron Stokes (knee). Probable - Mike Martin (ankle).



Sat, Nov 6, 2010 : 5:11 p.m.

After the game, Michigan got ticketed for going 2 over the speed (points) limit of 65. Bo would have been shocked at giving up 65 pts to a second tiered conference opponent. RR, thanks a lot for giving us nothing but MEDIOCRITY! Michigan should petition for Pac 10 membership or other western conference or even Big East. An embarrassment to Big 10.


Sat, Nov 6, 2010 : 3:41 p.m.

I meant to say RR is a genius on offense plays, not defenseguess I was excited about winning Miami Fl


Sat, Nov 6, 2010 : 3:38 p.m.

just don't ever lose 65-67

joey z

Sat, Nov 6, 2010 : 3:29 p.m.

I suppose if the games started not selling out..they would make a change...but anyone see that happening anytime soon? Looked pretty full and sounded really loud today!

joey z

Sat, Nov 6, 2010 : 3:27 p.m.

Like they said on ESPN today during the game. Illinois was near the bottom last year on defense, but a new defensive coordinator has put them near the top this year ( though you sure couldn't tell that today! ) So who knows..with a new defensive coordinator Michigan can turn the corner. Only the AD will know for sure. Not trying to turn this into an argument. The D has been pretty putrid lately, but changed it up a little and made stops today. That was nice


Sat, Nov 6, 2010 : 3:21 p.m.

There is no way to know if MI will win any more games this season. Good game today. I was just wondering what posters thought about RR keeping his job with a 6-6 regular season, if that is the final record. Does a 6-6 season and a bowl game (win or lose) put RR in better position to keep his job, or is it inevitable he will go? I don't know. Just askin'.

joey z

Sat, Nov 6, 2010 : 3:17 p.m.

Ok....but you are already assuming that Blue will be 6-6. I thought that sounded kinda negative. Is Purdue a certain loss? JUst saying...but if it waqs only a question..sorry about that


Sat, Nov 6, 2010 : 3:14 p.m.

Hey Joey, just askin'--since when did asking questions warrant a slam?

joey z

Sat, Nov 6, 2010 : 3:10 p.m.

Congrats Sally! You win the first buzz killing award! Kudo's to you. Now go fill up the other half of your glass.


Sat, Nov 6, 2010 : 3:10 p.m.

Tums? I thought I was going to need nitro pills for by thumping heart. Ok so maybe I was wrong, every now and then offense can win ballgames. Five turnovers? How embarrassing, especially for Illinois. If you can't win a game with five TOs you are pretty lame.


Sat, Nov 6, 2010 : 3:10 p.m.

Miami Fl I am a fan of Big Blue. The offense is the most explosive in the big ten. R.R. needs himself a defense and a field goal kicker. Big Blue will have many many NCAA championships. RR is a genius for calling plays on defense. Leave the man alone. When he gets himself a defense coordinator Blue will be fine.

joey z

Sat, Nov 6, 2010 : 3:07 p.m.

Keep the positive comments coming. First negative comment should get a group smack upside their head. Go Blue


Sat, Nov 6, 2010 : 3:03 p.m.

Does anyone think this win and a 6-6 season will save RR's job?

joey z

Sat, Nov 6, 2010 : 3:03 p.m.

TUMS indeed! It wasn't 3 yards and a cloud of dust, but it sure wasn't boring...and wow...we won!!!!


Sat, Nov 6, 2010 : 3:03 p.m.

Defense would have looked better if not for the turnovers with which they had to deal. A great stop at the end. Superb efforts by the offense led by Denard and Tate.

m macke

Sat, Nov 6, 2010 : 3 p.m.

The coupon on the back of the ticket should be for a free roll of TUMS. Go Blue!

joey z

Sat, Nov 6, 2010 : 3 p.m.

Atta boy Sean. Great words spoken!

Sean T.

Sat, Nov 6, 2010 : 2:56 p.m.

I have to say I was wrong about the outcome but I congratulate the Defense for making a crucial stop. I'm very happy for the kids out there. Go blue

joey z

Sat, Nov 6, 2010 : 2:55 p.m.

ok. Pretty incredible game to watch, even if it was like a final basketball score at the end. You know it would be really nice not to hear all the yapping about how bad the defense was yada yada yada. Let's just enjoy a game for once! Go Blue!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

joey z

Sat, Nov 6, 2010 : 2:53 p.m.

Darn Tom. You didn't offer me those tickets for free. I woulda taken them. I guess it would have been a pretty boring game to go to though lol


Sat, Nov 6, 2010 : 2:36 p.m.

The football team is going to get a higher score than the basketball team...

Tom Joad

Sat, Nov 6, 2010 : 11:36 a.m.

I couldn't give my tickets away for this game...Rodriquez has made a once-great football program into merit-less mediocrity