Posted by Jerry Hinnen
Wisconsin didn't score 83 points again , but they made a decent go of it, gouging the sad-sack Michigan defense for 359 rushing yards, 560 total yards, and 48 points in a 20-point victory. Though the Wolverines made a respectable rally in the second half, twice closing within 10 points after trailing 24-0 at the break (and potentially closing within more if they'd recovered either of two well-executed onsides kicks), the Badgers were never seriously threatened.
But the headlines afterwards won't belong to the Badgers exclusively, not after Denard Robinson set a new single-season FBS record for rushing yards by a quarterback. Robinson collected 131 yards on 20 carries , putting him over 1,500 yards for the season and breaking Air Force quarterback Beau Morgan 's record of 1,494 yards, set in 1996. Robinson added 239 yards passing, giving him more than 2,000 through the air for the season and making him the only member of the 2,000/1,500 club. Not to mention the 1,500/1,500 club, of course.
Because of a rash of interceptions and turnovers and Michigan's slide after their 5-0 start, Robinson's early-season Heisman momentum has stalled. But with these kinds of record-breaking, history-making numbers behind him -- numbers that would have garnered a lot more attention if the defense opposite him wasn't one the country's worst -- it will be a shame if Robinson isn't rewarded with at least a trip to New York for the presentation ceremony.