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Instant analysis: Michigan 30, Connecticut 10

9/4/2010

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Denard Robinson, your table is ready.

Robinson was nothing short of brilliant in his first career start, complementing his track-star speed with shocking accuracy in the passing game. He set the Michigan single-game quarterback rushing record in the third quarter and made several clutch throws on third downs to seal a 30-10 win against Connecticut.

This is how Rich Rodriguez's offense is supposed to work, with a trigger man that drives defenses nuts. Can Robinson replicate this against superior competition, beginning next week at Notre Dame? We'll find out, but he's certainly fun to watch.

Michigan's defense still has some issues, but it applied steady pressure on Zach Frazer and made several big plays, none bigger than J.T. Floyd's forced fumble against USC transfer D.J. Shoemate after Connecticut appeared to be set up for first-and-goal. Better quarterbacks likely will capitalize on the Wolverines' secondary in the coming weeks, but Rodriguez has to be pleased with the front seven.

The Wolverines really seemed to feed off the momentum from the opener, jumping on Connecticut and never truly looking back.

I'm heading down for interviews but will be back with much more from the Big House.