Posted by Adam Jacobi
MICHIGAN WON. Denard Robinson continued his assault on the record books, moving up to second in Big Ten history for rushing yards by a quarterback in today's win over visiting San Diego State. Robinson rushed for 199 yards and three touchdowns in a 28-7 victory for the Wolverines, and Michigan's defense was stout in its best performance of the year.
WHY MICHIGAN WON: For the fourth time this season, Michigan won a football game, and for the fourth time this season, it was all Denard Robinson with the effort. Robinson's passing stats weren't thrilling -- under .500 passing, under 100 yards, and two interceptions -- but his throws were generally on target, and the passing game still provides a balance that helps open up rushing opportunities for the lightning-fast quarterback.
Better yet, Michigan is starting to get some production from its tailbacks, as Fitz Touissant rushed for 67 yards on 13 carries, and Vincent Smith added nine rushes for 47 yards and a score (shown at right). The more Michigan can depend on its running backs, the fewer hits Robinson will need to take; clearly, that's a positive development.
WHEN MICHIGAN WON: This game was pretty much a no-doubter from the opening kick, but it wasn't until the middle of the fourth quarter, when Michigan held firm on a 4th and 1 then needed just four rushes to go 57 yards for its only score of the half, than the Wolverines effectively put the game out of reach.
WHAT MICHIGAN WON: The Wolverines have never had trouble putting games together in September, so Michigan fans aren't likely to read a whole lot into Saturday's win. Still, it was nice to see Michigan live up to its ranking at this point in the season.
WHAT SAN DIEGO STATE LOST: The Aztecs are down from last season, and not just because Brady Hoke left for Michigan; they're just on the lower portion of the success cycle that most mid-majors usually find themselves on. There's probably some consternation about blowing the 4th and 1 in Michigan territory on a drive that could have made this a one-possession game, but mostly this game was more of a foundation for teaching than a missed opportunity for a win.