Scores

Final

San Diego State 7

(3-1, 1-1 away)

(22) Michigan 28

(4-0, 4-0 home)

Coverage: BTN

12:00 PM ET, September 24, 2011

Michigan Stadium, ANN ARBOR, MI

1 2 3 4 T
SDSU 0 0 7 07
#22MICH 14 7 0 728

Top Performers

Passing: R. Lindley (SDSU) - 253 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: D. Robinson (MICH) - 21 CAR, 200 YDS, 3 TD

Receiving: C. Lockett (SDSU) - 7 REC, 71 YDS, 1 TD

Denard Robinson runs for 200 yards, 3 TDs as Brady Hoke beats former team

Associated Press

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Michigan got off to a strong start Saturday for a change.

Denard Robinson led the way -- naturally.

The speedy quarterback ran for two touchdowns in the first quarter and had three rushing scores before halftime, helping the 22nd-ranked Wolverines build a big lead that helped them coast to a 28-7 win over San Diego State.

Michigan (4-0) was determined to avoid falling behind early after being outscored by a combined score of 21-0 in the first quarters against Western Michigan, Notre Dame and Eastern Michigan.

"That's one thing Coach was preaching on all week," Robinson said.

In the days before the game, Brady Hoke publicly downplayed facing players he coached the previous two years before bolting from the beach to take his dream job at the Big House.

Hoke, though, didn't treat the postgame like just another one.

He hugged Aztecs assistants and players, including long embraces with defensive linemen J.J. Autele and Larry Gibbs.

"That part of it is, I guess, is being a human being," Hoke said.

San Diego State (3-1) did not make its players available for interviews after the game.

The Aztecs put pictures of Hoke and other former assistants on cards they used to signal plays in what they intended to be a sign of respect.

"Brady will win a national championship here," San Diego State coach Rocky Long said. "I don't know how long it will take, but he will win one here."

Robinson will really have to improve his ability to pass for Michigan to even contend for a Big Ten championship. He was 8 of 17 for 93 yards and two interceptions, failing to connect on half his passes for the third week in a row.

"I'm not too mad at myself," Robinson said.

Robinson could feel good about his ability to run, gaining 200 yards rushing for the third time in his career, on 21 carries. He matched his career high with three rushing scores and did it in one half for the first time.

Michigan's next game, its fifth straight at the Big House, is against Minnesota in the Big Ten opener.

Though the Wolverines forced three turnovers, they turned the ball over four times and were fortunate Ryan Lindley couldn't hit open Aztecs.

After Lindley missed a teammate on fourth down midway through the fourth quarter, Robinson's 30-yard sprint set up Vincent Smith's 7-yard run to give Michigan a 28-7 lead on its only score of the second half.

"We were fortunate to get out to a decent lead and then our defense kept us in the game because we tried to give it away," Hoke said.

Michigan started the second quarter with a lead for the first time this year and Robinson had a lot to do with that, running for 84 yards and two scores, including one from 53 yards.

"We are a very aggressive defense and in the first half, we were too aggressive," Long said. "That was my fault."

The Wolverines were stronger on defense than they had been, slowing Ronnie Hillman on the ground and keeping Lindley from getting comfortable in the pocket.

San Diego State avoided a shutout when Lindley made a 16-yard pass to Colin Lockett with 4 seconds left in the third, taking advantage of Michigan's third turnover in the quarter.

"You can't win in the Pop Warner league if you turn the ball over," Hoke said.

The Aztecs, though, failed to maintain momentum on their next drive after getting the ball and settling for their sixth punt after Lockett dropped an over-the-shoulder pass deep in Wolverines territory.

Lindley, who fumbled once, completed 23 of 48 passes for 253 yards and a TD. Hillman ran for 109 yards on 21 carries and fumbled twice.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
SDSU
MICH
1st Downs2018
Total Yards376413
Passing25393
Rushing123320
Penalties6-554-25
3rd Down Conversions8-184-11
4th Down Conversions0-31-1
Turnovers34
Possession29:4730:13

Passing Leaders

San Diego StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Lindley23/482535.310
MichiganC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Robinson8/17935.502

Rushing Leaders

San Diego StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Hillman211095.2030
Lockett2136.508
MichiganCARYDSAVGTDLG
Robinson212009.5353
Toussaint13675.2011

Receiving Leaders

San Diego StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Denso77711.0021
Lockett77110.1116
MichiganRECYDSAVGTDLG
Smith34414.7032
Dileo11717.0017

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERSDSUMICH
TD10:08Denard Robinson 5 Yd Run (Brendan Gibbons Kick) 07
TD06:22Denard Robinson 53 Yd Run (Brendan Gibbons Kick) 014
SECOND QUARTERSDSUMICH
TD00:31Denard Robinson 1 Yd Run (Brendan Gibbons Kick) 021
THIRD QUARTERSDSUMICH
TD00:04Colin Lockett 16 Yd Pass From Ryan Lindley (Abelardo Perez Kick) 721
FOURTH QUARTERSDSUMICH
TD06:29Vincent Smith 7 Yd Run (Brendan Gibbons Kick) 728

Research Notes

Denard Robinson had 200 yards rushing, moving past Illinois' Juice Williams and into 2nd place on the all-time rushing list by a QB among Big Ten teams.
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Denard Robinson has led Michigan to another 4-0 start, and has actually improved his rushing numbers in each game so far this season, with a season-best 200 yards and 3 Rush TD today (entered game with 2 Rush TD in 1st 3 games this season). Last season, Robinson also got off to a hot start, but after a 4-0 start, Michigan went 3-6 in its final 9 games.
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