Every Saturday night during the college football season, BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina hands out his weekly Big Ten Game Balls. The series is called “U.S. Marines Corps: Leaders of the Week,” and it’s designed to spotlight the Big Ten’s top individual performances. Who took home the honors from Week 7? Find out in this post.
Denard Robinson threw two touchdown passes and ran for two scores, leading No. 25 Michigan in a 45-0 win over Illinois on Saturday. The Wolverines (4-2, 2-0 Big Ten) got a scare when Robinson left the game with an undisclosed injury late in the first quarter. He missed just one-plus possessions, though, and returned to score on a 6-yard run to put Michigan up 17-0 late in the first half.
Michigan picked up 94 yards in the ground game during the third quarter, and the Wolverines now lead 38-0. Michigan held Illinois to nine total yards in the quarter. The Wolverines added to their advantage when Denard Robinson scrambled for a 49-yard touchdown run, the last of a six-play, 74-yard drive to give Michigan the lead, 24-0.
Michigan gained 79 yards on the ground in the second, and the Wolverines now lead 17-0. Michigan opened up the lead, 17-0, after marching down the field for a nine-play, 68-yard drive that ended when Denard Robinson took a quarterback draw all the way for a six-yard touchdown run. The Wolverines threw just one time on that possession.
Michigan got things going through the air, passing for 110 yards in the quarter, and the Wolverines lead 10-0 at the end of the first quarter. Michigan scored when Denard Robinson and Jeremy Gallon combined for a 71-yard touchdown to clinch a five-play, 85-yard drive, giving the Wolverines the game’s first lead.
Having taking a long, hard look at each Saturday’s five Big Ten football games, I’m offering up my weekly rankings of the games here. Wisconsin at Purdue is a big one in a weird season for the Leaders Division while Iowa at Michigan State offers up two Legends Division teams looking to stabilize their seasons.