Posted by Jerry Hinnen
The Michigan -Illinois halftime score is already eye-popping enough: tied at 31-31 in Ann Arbor with 30 minutes still to play.
But the box score might be even more mind-boggling: the two teams have combined for the aforementioned 62 points, 706 yards (394 for Michigan, 312 for the Illini), 26 first downs, and five touchdowns of 33 yards or longer. Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson has completed just 7 passes but for 262 yards, an average of 37 yards per completion. Illinois has run the ball 28 times already but for 185 yards, an average of better than 7 yards a carry. Craziest of all: Michigan has accomplished all of this while turning the ball over three times, Illinois while punting twice (the only punts of the game), losing a fumble, and settling for two early field goals in the red zone. The score could be higher .
Perhaps the biggest lesson to take from the game is how good the Wolverines could be if they had a defense with even the faintest pulse; the Illini entered the game ranked 15th in the country in total defense and have been totally shredded. But the other side of that coin, of course, is that Ron Zook 's team also came in ranked 85th in the country in total offense, and have barely been slowed down. Rich Rodriguez may be a certified offensive genius by now, but at this rate he'll be a certified defensive dunce ... if he's not already.