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Thursday, December 1, 2011
NCAA to count stats from Michigan opener

By Adam Rittenberg

Michigan's season began in an odd way, with a weather-shortened game against Western Michigan that counted in the win column but not on the NCAA stat sheets.

The NCAA ruled Sept. 3 that because the Michigan-Western Michigan game was called before the end of the third quarter, the statistics from the contest wouldn't count. The Big Ten had counted the statistics from the 34-10 Michigan win all year.

As colleague Michael Rothstein reported Wednesday night, the NCAA has overturned its decision.
The NCAA statistics and records advisory board unanimously voted during a conference call in early November to change the rule, determining that if the win-loss record from a game counts, so should the statistics.

The NCAA also determined that because the Michigan-Western Michigan game was the only contest in any division that ended before the third quarter, the new policy will be retroactive to the beginning of the season.

Denard Robinson's official NCAA statistics page now displays numbers from all 12 games instead of just the final 11.

Among the top beneficiaries from the ruling are Wolverines linebacker Brandon Herron, who made team history by scoring two defensive touchdowns, and running back Fitz Toussaint, who had 80 rushing yards and two touchdowns.