Saturday, November 6, 2010
Wolverines win wild shootout
Triple overtime was needed, but Michigan's 67-65 win over Illinois was the highest-scoring FBS game this season. The previous was 108 points by Auburn and Arkansas, a 65-43 win by the Tigers.
• The 132 points were four shy of the FBS record for points scored in an overtime game. In 2007, Boise State beat Nevada 69-67 (136 points) in four overtimes.
• Since 1997, Michigan now is 6-1 in overtime games. This was the Wolverines first triple-OT game since 2004, a 45-37 win over Michigan State.
• In its last two games, Michigan has allowed 106 points. When Michigan won the 1997 national title, the Wolverines allowed 114 points in 12 games.
• Last week, Michigan allowed 41 points to Penn State. On Saturday, Illinois had 45 points at the end of regulation. Michigan, which has been playing football since 1879, has now allowed at least 40 points in consecutive weeks for the first time in the program's history.
• The 65 points by Illinois is two shy of the FBS record for points scored by losing team (Nevada in 2007 to Boise State).
• In the three other Big Ten games that kicked off at Noon ET (Iowa-Indiana, Minnesota-Michigan State, Wisconsin-Purdue) there were a combined 117 points scored.
• The last three times Michigan and Illinois have met in men's basketball, the two teams did not combine for as many points as the 132 scored on Saturday.
• With the win, Michigan is bowl eligible for the first time in the three-year Rich Rodriguez era.
• Roy Roundtree broke the school record with 246 receiving yards, the first Michigan player ever with more than 200 yards receiving in a game.