Top Five Denard Robinson Performances
NCAA Football 14 cover athlete Denard Robinson left Ann Arbor with a number of school and NCAA records, most notably the mark for most rushing yards by a quarterback in FBS history (4,495). With so many memorable performances that left us with our jaws dropped, EA SPORTS felt it was appropriate to narrow it down to the best five.
Robinson will grace the cover of NCAA Football 14 after prevailing in a tense final vote against former Texas A&M wide receiver Ryan Swope.
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5. Michigan at Purdue. October 6, 2012
Michigan opened B1G play on the heels of a disappointing loss at eventual-BCS Championship participant Notre Dame. Road conference games are never easy, but Denard Robinson jumped on the Boilermakers almost immediately. A 17-play scoring drive on Michigan's first possession set the tone in a dominating 44-13 win in West Lafayette. In total, Robinson racked up 340 total yards (235 on the ground). It would be the ninth and final time Robinson would eclipse 150 rushing yards in his illustrious college career.
4. Michigan at Indiana, Octover 2, 2010
Despite Michigan having the ball for just over 18 minutes total, Robinson accounted for 494 of Michigan's 574 total yards on offense, scoring five touchdowns in the process. After Indiana tied the game at 35 with just over a minute remaining, Robinson calmly completed a 42-yard pass to get inside the Hoosier's 5-yard line. He capped off the drive a play later, running it in from four yards out to bring Michigan to 5-0 on the season.
3. Michigan at Notre Dame, September 11, 2010
Few rivalries attract the buzz of Michigan and Notre Dame, college football's two most successful programs in terms of winning percentage. Robinson's legacy at Michigan was cemented largely due to his two historic performances against the Fighting Irish, the first of which came in 2010. In Michigan's 28-24 win, Robinson set a Michigan record with a whopping 502 yards of total offense (244 passing, 258 rushing), and also recorded the longest run in the history of Notre Dame Stadium, an 87-yard scamper that gave Michigan a 21-7 lead before the half.
2. Ohio State at Michigan, November 26, 2011
Known simply as "The Game," Michigan-Ohio State is one of college football's greatest rivalries. But the matchup had become one-sided as Michigan entered the 2011 season finale having lost a record seven straight games to Ohio State. That would change on this day, as Robinson accounted for five touchdowns and 337 yards of total offense. The win was huge – not only did it end Michigan's drought against their hated archrivals, but it also clinched a BCS berth for the Wolverines.
1. Notre Dame at Michigan, September 10, 2011
364 days after Denard Robinson's historic performance at Notre Dame Stadium, Michigan and Notre Dame took part in a game for the ages. Played in front of an NCAA record 114,804 pompom-waving fans, the first night game ever at Michigan Stadium saw the Wolverines erase a 17-point fourth quarter deficit to stun Notre Dame, 35-31. After Michigan went up 28-24 with just 1:12 left, most in attendance had to feel that the game was theirs...until the Irish went down the field to take a 31-28 lead with just 30 seconds left.
That's when Robinson stepped up in the defining game of his career. After connecting on a 64-yard pass to bring Michigan into the red zone, he fired a 16-yard touchdown pass with just two seconds left on the clock to seal the comeback win. Game over. In all, Robinson threw for 338 yards and four touchdowns to go along with 108 rushing yards and another score on the ground.
It's a game that will not only live on in Robinson's legacy, but in the annals of college football.
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