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Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Stats from storm-shortened game count

By Michael Rothstein
WolverineNation

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Denard Robinson, Fitzgerald Toussaint and the rest of Michigan's football team are getting back their "lost" statistics.

When Michigan beat Western Michigan, 34-10, on Sept. 3 in a game called during the third quarter because of lightning, it was determined the statistics would not count because of an NCAA rule that stated three quarters must be completed for individual and team statistics to count.

Now, they do.

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.

Then the NCAA went a step further.

"Across all four divisions of football in 2011, the Michigan-Western Michigan game was the only game so far this year that had inclement weather stop it in the third quarter," NCAA spokesman Cameron Schuh said. "Because of that, the board unanimously agreed the policy change should be retroactive to the beginning of this season."

The NCAA then notified Michigan, Western Michigan, the Big Ten and the Mid-American Conference of the ruling.

So now the schools, conferences and the sport's governing body are all in agreement that those stats count.

That adds linebacker Brandon Herron's two defensive touchdowns to the record book, a performance which earned him national defensive player of the week honors.

It also validates Robinson's 140 total yards, Toussaint's 80 yards and two touchdowns and Jordan Kovacs' 10 tackles and two sacks.

Michael Rothstein covers Michigan sports for WolverineNation.