CHAMPAIGN, Ill (WWJ) – Fitzgerald Toussaint ran for 192 yards leading No. 22 Michigan to beat the Fighting Illini of Illinois 31-14 on Saturday.
U-M bounced back from an upset loss to Iowa last week handing Illinois their fourth loss in as many weeks. Toussaint ran for a 121 yards in the first quarter – ending the day with 192 yards.
Quarterback Denard Robinson scored two rushing TD’s - had one interception and threw for 92 yards before leaving the game with an injury in the third quarter and Devin Gardner connected for a TD pass to Martavious Odoms for his first touchdown of the year.
Speaking postgame on WWJ - coach Brady Hoke talked about missed opportunities:
“We’ve got to play Michigan football, we left a lot of points on the field the first half,” said Hoke. “We’ve got to be much better next weekend … that’s for sure.”
Hoke said that the good thing was that the defense stopped big plays to keep the Wolverines on top.
The Wolverines move to 8- 2 (4-2 Big Ten) as the Fighting Illini drop to 6-4 (2-4 Big Ten).
Hoke said that starting quarterback Robinson would be fine, “Denard is fine, he’s fine.”
Illinois had a chance to stay in the game – as each team had glaring gaffs; three turnovers by each. The Fighting Illini have lost four straight after starting the season in dramatic 6-0 fashion.
Michigan takes on the Nebraska Cornhuskers next week at Michigan Stadium.
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