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Last updated: Sun. Sep. 12, 2010 - 01:48 pm EDT

Michigan QB runs/throws all over Notre Dame

Robinson totals 502 yards of offense in last-minute win

(AP) SOUTH BEND, Ind. — If Denard Robinson's performance last week was a jaw dropper, what he did against Notre Dame on Saturday topped it.

He broke off the longest run in the history of the Irish's fabled stadium — an 87-yarder for a touchdown.

That's just for starters. How about a school-record 502 yards total offense for a quarterback, including 258 yards rushing on 28 carries and 244 more passing? And, oh, yeah, he directed the game-winning TD drive, scoring himself from 2 yards out with 27 seconds left to send Michigan (2-0) to a pulsating 28-24 victory.

No wonder Wolverines coach Rich Rodriguez said the spectacular new star of his spread offense might sleep on the trip back to Ann Arbor. He deserves some rest.

"Man, I didn't even know that," Robinson said of his record-breaking day — the second week in a row he snapped single-game Michigan QB marks for total offense and rushing. "Our offense really came together. Everything was clicking."

He doesn't lace his spikes, either. And he's durable.

"He's a tough kid. That's the one thing that stands out," Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said. "You run a quarterback 25 times, you got to have toughness."

Kelly's guy was tough, too. But he just couldn't pull out the victory.

Dayne Crist missed most of the first half after getting blurry vision from hitting his head on the ground during a run in an opening TD drive. But he brought the Irish back in the second half and connected with tight end Kyle Rudolph on a 95-yard TD pass to put Notre Dame (1-1) ahead with 3:41 left.

Then Robinson showed that not only is he fast and strong, he's a clutch player, too. He led Michigan on a 12-play, 72-yard drive, capped his game-winning TD — a fitting end.

Notre Dame had one last chance from the Wolverines' 27 with six seconds left, but Crist threw the ball out of the end zone on the final play.


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