Michigan Defeats Illinois in Triple-Ovetime Thriller
Illinois came into Saturday with the 12th ranked scoring defense in the nation, giving up only 16.8 points per game.
Once Saturday was over, they were the 47th ranked scoring defense in the nation, giving up 22.3 points per game.
The Illini defense was controlled from the beginning until the end of the game, as the Michigan Wolverines defeated Illinois 67-65 in triple-overtime.
This game featured a combined 1,237 yards and was the highest scoring game ever in Big Ten history.
Denard Robinson, who threw for 305 yards on 10-20 passing, led Michigan's high-powered offensive attack.
Due to dizziness, Robinson exited the game after the third quarter, and Tate Forcier took the reigns.
Forcier finished the game with 114 yards through the air on 12 completions, and helped the Wolverines become bowl eligible with three games remaining at Purdue, vs. No. 9 Wisconsin, and at No. 11 Ohio State.
Illinois' offense had been struggling recently, but they were expected to perform well against a weak Michigan defense.
Not quite this well, though.
Illinois' Mikel LeShoure got back on track this weekend with 120 yards and three touchdowns on 24 carries.
Scheelhaase may have had the game of the season--stats wise--as he passed for 211 yards and ran for another 101, making him responsible for 312 yards of Illinois' 561 total yards.
Let's take a quick glance at the team stats:
1st Downs: Illinois-25/Michigan-33
Total Yards: Illinois-561/Michigan-676
3rd-Down Conversions: Illinois-6-16/Michigan-10-17
4th-Down Conversions: Illinois-1-1/Michigan-1-2
Time of Possession: Illinois-34:21/Michigan-25:39
Illinois gave a strong effort, trying to go into the Big House and take a down a much-improved Michigan team.
Illinois was also hoping to become bowl eligible this week, but was unable to convert a two-point conversion in the third overtime that would have sent it into a fourth overtime.
"This is absolutely deflating," Zook said. "If anyone doesn't think this is deflating, they shouldn't even get on the plane home."
Illinois will have to wait until next week to try and get that sixth win, when they face a 1-9 (0-6) Minnesota team in Champaign.
"You've got to bounce back. That's the first thing I thought, 'I hope our team's head isn't down. I hope we don't lose our morale because we get another opportunity at it next week.' "