Instant analysis: Michigan 63, UMass 13
September, 15, 2012
By Michael Rothstein | ESPN.com
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Michigan did what it was supposed to do Saturday against UMass, flattening the first-year FBS program 63-13 with another big performance from its quarterback.
The Wolverines were able to build some defensive confidence, play a lot of their younger players and establish some sort of running game before next week's matchup against Notre Dame.
It was over when: Denard Robinson cut across the field on a scramble and ran 36 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter. The touchdown run gave the Wolverines a 35-10 lead and also gave Michigan complete control after Robinson threw an interception that resulted in a UMass touchdown earlier in the quarter. From there, Michigan routed.
Game ball goes to: Robinson. The senior quarterback again dominated for Michigan, completing 16-of-24 passes for 291 yards and three touchdowns and also rushing for 106 yards and a touchdown before sitting in the fourth quarter.
Stat of the game: Michigan was efficient on third downs, converting 7 of 10 attempts when the game was still even within a sliver of doubt. The Wolverines needed to show more efficiency there, no matter the opponent. Michigan had been converting 35 percent of third downs entering Saturday.
What it means: Michigan did exactly what it was supposed to do, beating an inferior opponent handily while getting its starters out of the game with a lot of time remaining. It's tough to tell where Michigan stands, but it gives the Wolverines some confidence entering next Saturday's game against Notre Dame.
Record performance: Robinson moved up the all-time Michigan ledger in several categories, including moving into fifth place in passing yards with 5,660, moving past then-No. 6 Tom Brady (5,351 yards) and then-No. 5 Jim Harbaugh (5,449 yards). Robinson also moved into second place in all-purpose yards behind Chad Henne. Robinson has 9,210 yards of total offense. Henne had 9,300.