Originally written October 13, 2012 on isportsweb.com:
Michigan (4-2, 2-0) rolled over an Illinois (2-5, 0-3) team that didn’t have much fight in them. The final score was 45-0 and the game was all but over for most of the second half. The Wolverines dominated in the trenches and are firing on all cylinders right now.
3 Stars of the game

 Jake Ryan tallied a career-high 11 tackles to go along with 4 TFLs and 1.5 sacks.
Denard Robinson carried the ball 11 times for 128 yards and 2 TDs. He completed 7 of 11 passes for 159 yards and 2 more touchdowns.
Kenny Demens notched 8 tackles, 1 TFL and an interception.

 3 key plays

On Michigan’s first drive of the game, Denard Robinson  hooked up with Jeremy Gallon on a 71 yard TD pass.
Denard Robinson capped Michigan’s first drive of the second half with a spectacular 49 yard touchdown run. That play put him over 10,000 career yards of total offense. It also gave Michigan a commanding 24-0 lead.
Devin Funchess did some sky-walking to haul in an 8 yard TD pass from Robinson. The freshman tight end is a playmaker.

Stat of the game
Michigan’s defense held Illinois to 134 yards and the offense rolled up 527 yards, including 353 rushing yards.
Random observations

Kenny Demens seems to be getting better each week this season. He had a key tackle on a 4th down play and intercepted a pass in the 3rd quarter.
Jake Ryan’s star continues to rise. He is relentless and was all over the field on his way to a career day with 11 tackles, 4 TFLs and 1.5 sacks.
Quinton Washington is a guy that Brady Hoke has talked about a lot for his improved play this year. Q had another strong game against the Illini with 5 tackles, including 1 tackle that went for a 7 yard loss.
Apparently kick returner extraordinaire Dennis Norfleet can also return punts pretty well. His first career punt return came in the 4th quarter and he almost took it the distance on a 42 yard effort.

Random stats

Michigan had 8 different receivers catch a pass, none of them had more than 1 reception.
Michigan rushed for over 300 yards for the second consecutive game.
Freshman defensive end Mario Ojemudia is a player I like a lot. He recorded his first career sack and fumble recovery against Illinois.
Thomas Rawls showed good speed and strength on a 63 yard touchdown run in the 4th quarter. He finished the game with 90 yards on 9 carries.

Unsung hero
Quinton Washington, I mentioned him above, he played a whale of a game on the D-line with 5 tackles and 1 TFL.
What it means
Team 133 is pretty darn good. The defensive gets better every week and Denard Robinson is a maestro directing the offense. Yes the Notre Dame game was a rough one, consider it a speed bump that is fading away in the rearview mirror. Michigan has the necessary ingredients to win the coveted Big Ten Championship.
Next
Michigan will host Michigan State and look to restore order in the instate rivalry.
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