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Saturday, September 24, 2011
Robinson, Pierce run away in early action



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Denard Robinson ran for 200 yards and 3 TDs as Michigan starts 4-0 for the 2nd straight season.

The Michigan Wolverines improved to 4-0 for the third straight season after posting a 28-7 win over the San Diego State Aztecs Saturday afternoon. It's Michigan's 13th straight win in September and 12th straight regular-season non-conference win.

The Wolverines jumped out on top 21-0 at halftime, thanks to three first-half rushing touchdowns by Denard Robinson, who tied his career high for a single game with those three rushing scores. He also rushed for 200 yards -- the third time in his career he's topped the 200-yard mark and the first time he's done it at home.

Last season, Robinson and Michigan also got off to hot starts, but after beginning 4-0, the Wolverines went 3-6 in its final nine games.

With those 200 rushing yards, Robinson moved past Illinois' Juice Williams and into second place on the all-time rushing list by a QB among Big Ten teams. Robinson’s 2,605 rush yards trails only former Indiana Hoosiers QB Antwann Randle El (3,895).

The Temple Owls got its first ever win against an ACC team, defeating the Maryland Terrapins 38-7. Temple had been 0-12 against ACC schools, with the last seven losses coming since 2004, with each of them being by at least three touchdowns (note: the Owls have beaten Boston College and Virginia Tech, but those schools were in the Big East then).

It's been a long time since Temple had a big win like this. The last time Temple beat a BCS-AQ team by at least 31 points was in 2000 when they beat the Rutgers Scarlet Knights 48-14. However, both schools were members of the Big East at the time. The Owls last win against a BCS-AQ team in non-conference play by at least 31 points was October 5, 1934, a 40-6 win against the Texas A&M Aggies.

Temple RB Bernard Pierce set a school with five rushing touchdowns – with four coming in the first half. He's the only player to run for five touchdowns against a FBS opponent this season. Temple led the Penn State Nittany Lions for almost the whole game last week and would be 4-0 if it held on to win. Penn State scored the go-ahead points with 2:42 left.

In other notable early action, Georgia Tech starts 4-0 for the first time since 1990 – the year they went 11-0-1 under Bobby Ross and shared the national title with Colorado - after posting a 35-28 win over the North Carolina Tar Heels. The Yellow Jackets were held to their lowest yardage total of the season (496) but have still topped 400 yards in every game this year.

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish were held to under 20 points for the first time this season, but defeated the Pittsburgh Panthers for the second straight year, this time 15-12. Tyler Eifert caught a career-high eight passes, including the game-winning TD. Michael Floyd was held to a season-low four catches for 27 yards for Notre Dame. After catching more than 10 passes in each of the first two games this season, Floyd now has 10 total receptions in the last two games.