ANN ARBOR – The Illini lost their ninth straight Big Ten contest Saturday, losing to Michigan 45-0.
Now 2-5 on the year, let’s take a look at a few things that what right and wrong for Illinois in the Big House.
1. Justin DuVernois’ punting. DuVernois entered third in the conference, averaging nearly 39 yards per punt. His stats Saturday will boost his overall average. With the offense struggling, DuVernois punted eight times, averaging 45.9 per. He had a long of 60 and two punts were downed inside the 20.
2. The first-quarter run game. The Illinois offense made a commitment to the run early, giving Donovonn Young five carries on the first drive of the game. Young finished the first half with 35 yards, and the team averaged 4.4 yards per carry.
3. The press box coffee was sharp. On point.
1. Stopping what had to be stopped. Everyone knows Denard Robinson is the focal point of the Michigan offense. As he goes, so does Michigan. He finished with four total touchdowns, passing for 159 yards and rushing for 128 more. He wasn’t sacked, or pressured for that matter. He averaged 11.9 yards per carry – a dominating performance.
2. Stopping anything. Robinson averaged 11.6 per carry. Thomas Rawls averaged 10. Justice Hayes 6.6. Fitzgerald Toussaint had 66 yards on the ground. Nine difference players had a catch. The box score speaks for itself.
3. Offense contributing. Here’s how each Illini drive ended: Punt. Punt. Punt. Missed FG. Turnover on downs. End of the half. Interception. Punt. Fumble. Punt. Punt. Punt. Punt.