CHAMPAIGN — After Illinois went on a 25-0 run to cut the once giant Michigan lead to three points, the Wolverines capitalized on a Matt Robinson fumble and broke away from Illinois for a 42-25 win on Saturday at Memorial Stadium.
No. 16 Michigan had 498 yards of total offense. Illinois (2-4), led by backup quarterback Matt Robinson, had 256 yards of total offense.
Michigan gets a touchdown
The Wolverines scored a touchdown after not scoring since the 4:33 mark in the second quarter. Quarterback Shea Patterson completed a five-yard pass to Donovan Peoples-Jones. The score makes it a two-possession game after Illinois got back within three points.
Patterson converted a fourth-and-3 play with a quarterback draw to pick up the first down two plays before he found Peoples-Jones.
Michigan leads 35-25 with 8:57 left in the game.
Illinois within three
Jake Hansen forced a fumble, Stanley Green recovered and six plays later Dre Brown ran in a 1-yard touchdown run then followed with a two-point conversion after Michigan was called for defensive pass interference on the first conversion attempt.
Illinois is on a 25-0 run and is within three points to No. 16 Michigan. The Wolverines lead 28-25 with 12:45 left.
Backup quarterback Matt Robinson has 191 passing yards and a touchdown and a rushing touchdown.
Don't look now, but Illinois is on a run
The Illini are on a 17-0 run to dig into the Michigan lead. The Illini went 80 yards on 15 plays in 7 minutes 27 seconds to score a touchdown on a 1-yard quarterback sneak by Matt Robinson.
After falling behind 28-0 early, and on the brink of a complete and total blowout, Illinois defense has four consecutive stops and the Robinson-led offense has responded.
McCourt hits 50-yard field goal
Illinois forced a three-and-out on the first Michigan drive of the second half. The Illini ended an 11-play drive with a 50-yard field goal.
Michigan leads 28-10 with 10:14 left in the third.
Michigan up big at halftime
The Wolverines lead 28-7 at halftime and get the ball to open the third quarter. Michigan has 355 yards of total offense and 205 yards on the ground.
Illinois has 133 yards of offense, 88 passing yards and 45 rushing yards.
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Finally, an offensive touchdown for Illinois
After nearly seven-and-a-half quarters, the Illinois football team scored an offensive touchdown. Quarterback Matt Robinson found receiver Josh Imatorbhebhe for a 23-yard touchdown. Imatorbhebhe fought through a few defenders to break the end zone.
It's the first offensive touchdown since the 5:40 mark in the third quarter two games ago against Nebraska.
There's 55 seconds left in the first half, and Michigan leads 28-7.
Michigan pouring it on
Ronnie Bell had a 71-yard reception to set up yet another Michigan touchdown. Quarterback Shea Patterson found Nick Eubanks on a four-yard pass. Wolverines lead 28-0 with 4:33 left in the first half.
Missed tackles continue to be an issue for Illinois, and Bell shed three defenders on his big play.
Michigan has 342 yards of total offense to Illinois' 83.
Blocked punt leads to another Michigan touchdown
And the rout is on. Michigan linebacker Jordan Glasgow blocked a Blake Hayes punt attempt to give the Wolverines got the ball on the Illinois 7-yard line. On the first play of the drive, Zach Charbonnet ran in for a 7-yard touchdown.
Michigan leads Illinois 21-0 with 12:19 left in the first half.
Another touchdown for Michigan
Illinois strung together a promising drive behind the play of Robinson at quarterback and Dre Brown as a running back, but the drive stalled out after an intentional grounding call.
The next drive for Michigan took 55 seconds in four plays that ended with a 25-yard touchdown pass form Shea Patterson to Luke Schoonover. The Wolverines are up 14-0 with 59 seconds left in the first.
Of note: Williams got one drive at quarterback for Illinois.
No answer for run game
Michigan ran the ball five times on its opening offensive possession (after forcing a three-and-out on defense) and ended with a 29-yard touchdown run from Hassan Haskins. Zach Charbonnet ran four times for 36 yards to march Michigan down the field.
Haskins spun free and broke a tackle attempt by Illinois linebacker Jake Hansen.
The Wolverines lead 7-0 with 11:20 left in the first.