Found October 28, 2012 on
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Two of the three biggest games of the week took sudden and sharp turns with major injuries as No. 22 Michigan and No. 25 Wisconsin both suffered losses. They also both suffered losses of their starting quarterbacks as Denard Robinson and Joel Stave were knocked out of each game.
According to reports the injury to Stave is perhaps the more serious of the two as he suffered a broken collarbone on the 1st play of the 3rd quarter and will miss the remainder of the season, including the bowl game.
Robinson left the game at Nebraska in the 2nd quarter of their 23-9 loss to the Huskers with an apparent elbow injury and was unable to return. However, his status for the future was unknown as we went to publish.
Without either player the offenses for Wisconsin and Michigan went completely lifeless and as a result the chances for both teams to make a run at the Big Ten championship game took some serious hits.
In Lincoln it was pure disaster for Robinson's replacement, Russell Bellomy, who went just 3 of 16 passing for 38 yards and threw three interceptions. The Wolverines offense managed a whole 52 yards in the 2nd half of the blow out loss to the Huskers.
Over at Camp Randall in Madison it was season opening starter Danny O'Brien taking over for Stave and the Badgers offense went completely lifeless with O'Brien behind center for the rest of the 2nd half. O'Brien would go just 5 of 11 for all of 44 yards. He also took 3 sacks in the 2nd half, two of which completely killed drives that could've been moving forward towards field goal range.
Michigan now must hope for Nebraska to drop a game to a remaining schedule that features at Michigan State, Penn State, Minnesota, and at "rival" Iowa to close out the season. Michigan State and Penn State are perhaps the last chances for Michigan to get back in the race for the Big Ten title, but that also depends on the pending news on Robinson's elbow and defeating a schedule that includes a tough Northwestern team and of course "The Game" in Columbus to close out the season.
Meanwhile the Badgers loss coupled with Indiana's win over Illinois sets up a very interesting race as the Badgers lead by just one game in the standings with a matchup between the two looming just two weeks from now in Bloomington and Wisconsin also facing Ohio State at home and Penn State on the road to close out the season. They now face the proposition of not only having to beat Indiana but also of finding a way to avoid losing one or both of the final two games of the season to make their trip to Indianapolis secure.
The results of these two injuries have drastically changed what many thought could be forgone conclusions to see Wisconsin and Michigan square off for the 2nd Big Ten Championship game. What's now clear is that both teams need to do some major digging and find something else at quarterback.
Clearly Bellow and O'Brien aren't the answers that will lead either team to Indianapolis, but luckily for Wisconsin they will have this bye week to get things figured out and perhaps turn the offense over to 6th year senior Curt Phillips to light a bit of a spark in the offense. As for Michigan, they could stick with Bellow who won't be thrown completely to the wolves, or could even turn to former QB turned WR Devin Gardner as well.
Either way these two teams will need to dig deep to find the right answers if they want to do their part in making it to Indianapolis. After all, as coaches always say, you can only control what you can control. It's time for these two teams to show that bit of coach speak to be true and right the ships at Michigan and Wisconsin.
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Michigan Football went to Nebraska and lost to the Huskers on Saturday night by a final score of 23-9. Denard Robinson was injured early and did not return. That pretty much signaled the end of Michigan’s hopes to win this game. Russell Bellomy was inserted at quarterback and struggled completing just 3 of 16 passes for 38 yards to go along with 3 interceptions.
MADISON, Wis. Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema didn't hesitate to say quarterback Joel Stave was on his way to the best game of his young career Saturday against Michigan State.Unfortunately, Stave never got to finish. Now, he is likely out of action for the rest of the season.Bielema announced Monday that Stave suffered a broken left collarbone and would miss the next eight weeks...
Wisconsin quarterback Joel Stave is done for the season after breaking his left collarbone against Michigan State.
Coach Bret Bielema announced the news Monday, two days after the Badgers' 16-13 overtime loss to the Spartans. He says Stave will need eight weeks to recover.
Stave completed 70 of 118 attempts for 1,104 yards and six touchdowns in seven games. He threw three interceptions...
Denard Robinson injury update.
Michigan head football coach Brady Hoke says Wolverine quarterback Denard Robinson is probable for this coming Saturday's road game against Minnesota despite an arm injury in the loss to Nebraska. (The Detroit Free Press)
It ain't over till it's over.
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The Michigan Wolverines might have gotten lost in the Detroit Tigers World Series debacle Saturday night, but they are in deep trouble of their own.
The Wolverines lost Denard Robinson to an elbow injury in the first half of their 23-9 defeat in Nebraska, and the offense immediately ground to a halt. Backup Russell Bellomy looked badly out of place against the Cornhuskers defense...
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The Wolverines have gone two straight games without scoring a touchdown - a first since the early 1960s - and they played the second half of Saturday's 23-9 loss to Nebraska without quarterback Denard Robinson.
Robinson injured a nerve in his right (throwing) elbow late in the first half, leaving...
With redshirt freshman quarterback Joel Stave out for the remainder of the regular season, if not longer, Wisconsin will use the next week to determine whether Curt Phillips or Danny O'Brien starts under center in its game at Indiana.
Nothing comes easily for this Wisconsin football team, does it?
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(Eds: Updates with quotes, details. With AP Photos.) By NANCY ARMOUR AP National Writer Wisconsin's ground game is suddenly stuck and quarterback Joel Stave is nursing a bad shoulder.
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Nebraska took control of the Big Ten Legends Division, and all Denard Robinson could do was watch.
Ameer Abdullah ran for 101 yards and a touchdown, and Nebraska's defense dominated after Robinson left with an injury late in the first half in a 23-9 victory over Michigan on Saturday night.
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Well, let the QB marry-go round at UW begin again as Joel Stave's collarbone injury will keep him out for the rest of the season and thus there needs to be a new starter in place. Expecting that to be Danny O'Brien would be the go to guy would be the easy assumption. However, after Bret Bielema's weekly press conference, don't expect that to be the case.
The Spartans head into Camp Randall tomorrow to play Wisconsin. Recently, these games have led to high-scoring games decided on late touchdowns. This one ... has the look of something a little different. The Badgers struggled early this season and have been picking it up of late, while Michigan State started off well but is on a 1-3 slide.
To see what to expect...
This one will hurt, no question about it. Wisconsin blew a 10-3 lead with just 6:06 left in a game that saw both defenses dominate. However the Badgers defense would crack late and that allowed Michigan State to spoil Wisconsin's homecoming in a 16-13 overtime victory at Camp Randall.
Adding insult to injury is the uncertain status of a shoulder injury to Badgers starting...