(Saturday, November 6th)
Final Score: Michigan 67, Illinois 65 (3OT)
Ann Arbor, MI (Sports Network) - Roy Roundtree hauled in nine passes for 246 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Michigan Wolverines to a wild 67-65 three-overtime victory over the Illinois Fighting Illini in a Big Ten battle at Michigan Stadium.
Denard Robinson completed 10-of-20 passes for 305 yards and three touchdowns with two interceptions before exiting the game late in the second half in the win for Michigan (6-3, 2-3 Big Ten), while his replacement, Tate Forcier, put forth a 12-of-19 for 114 yards and two touchdown effort. Vincent Smith led a Michigan ground attack that amassed 257 yards with a 73-yard effort, while Junior Hemingway caught six passes for 104 yards and a pair of scores.
Nathan Scheelhaase threw for 211 yards and three touchdowns to lead Illinois (5-4, 3-3) in the losing effort, while Mikel Leshoure ran for 120 yards and three touchdowns. Scheelhaase added a 101-yard effort on the ground with a score as well for the Illini, while Leshoure also caught two passes for 52 yards and two touchdowns.
The Wolverines struck first, as Robinson hit Roundtree with a 75-yard strike on the opening play from scrimmage to give Michigan an early 7-0 lead.
Derek Dimke cut the Michigan lead to 7-6 with a pair of field goals over the remainder of the period, connecting from 44 and 43 yards out.
Scheelhaase found the end zone following a two-yard run early in the second quarter, and the Illinois signal-caller then followed up the score with a completion to Ryan Lankford for a successful two-point conversion that gave the Illini a 14-7 lead.
But Robinson and Roundtree hooked up again just minutes later for a 33-yard scoring play that tied the contest at 14 apiece.
The Illini regained the advantage quickly, however, as a lateral from Scheelhaase to Jason Ford went for a 62-yard touchdown.
The Wolverines knotted things up again midway through the stanza, as Stephen Hopkins found the end zone following a four-yard scamper.
The Wolverines then took a 28-21 lead late in the frame following a 45-yard strike from Robinson to Junior Hemingway.
With just over a minute to play in the half, Scheelhaase completed a 33-yard toss to Ryan Lankford to tie things up again, but the Wolverines responded with a 35-yard Seth Broekhuizen field goal to reclaim the lead with under a minute remaining.
However, the Illini managed a four-play, 39-yard drive to set up a 43-yard kick from Dimke to send the contest into the break in a 31-31 lock.
An 18-yard run from Shaw gave the Wolverines a 38-31 lead midway through the third quarter.
The Illini evened things up early in the final period of play with a 27-yard completion from Scheelhaase to Leshoure.
Leshoure then gave the Illini a 45-38 lead just minutes later following a one- yard plunge.
The Wolverines, however, tied the score again with just under two minutes remaining in the contest with a nine-yard strike from Forcier to Darryl Stonum, but a Forcier interception as time winded down ensured overtime.
The Wolverines wasted little time in the extra stanza, taking a 52-45 lead following a five-yard run by Shaw.
The Illini responded immediately after, however, as Scheelhaase completed a 25-yard pass to Leshoure to tie the game and force a second overtime.
Scheelhaase gave the Illini a 59-52 lead with a 25-yard strike to Leshoure on the very first play of the period, but the Wolverines found the end zone on their possession as well with a nine-yard toss from Forcier to Hemingway.
In the third overtime, Shaw scored after a one-yard plunge, while a successful two-point conversion on a pass from Forcier to Hemingway gave the Wolverines a 67-59 advantage.
The Illini did manage a touchdown on their next possession with a three-yard Leshoure run, but the Wolverines denied Illinois a two-point conversion to preserve a 67-65 victory.
11/06 17:47:13 ET