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September 11, 2011
What's clear, though, is when Michigan needs a hero, Robinson delivers.
For the second time in his career, Robinson spoiled Notre Dame's hopes with late heroics. For the second year in a row, Robinson accounted for a touchdown in the final minute to snatch victory from the Irish.
Saturday, Robinson was just 11-of-24 but for 338 yards and four touchdowns in a 35-31 win over Notre Dame to earn Rivals.com National Player of the Week honors. Robinson also rushed for 108 yards and a TD on 16 carries.
With eight seconds and two timeouts left, Michigan took a shot at the end zone rather than going for a game-tying field goal. Robinson made the decision pay off with his 16-yard touchdown pass to Roy Roundtree for the win.
"Depending on what would have happened within that eight seconds, we had a timeout that we could have taken advantage of and may have gone for the tie," Michigan coach Brady Hoke said. "But most of the time, we're going for the win."
After an uneven first half (2-of-9, 48 yards), Robinson settled down in the second half, completing 9-of-15 passes for 290 yards and three touchdowns.
"We talked to him at halftime and just needed to calm him down because sometimes he speeds everything up and loses track of where he is," center David Molk said. "Once we got back out there in the second half, he was ready to go."
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Rakeem Cato's career was off to an intriguing start from the moment he took his first snap against West Virginia. In that game, Cato ?" who led Miami Central to the state title in Florida's largest prep classification last year ?" became Marshall's first true freshman starting quarterback since Chad Pennington.
Marshall couldn't pull the upset against the rival Mountaineers, but Cato continued to flash his potential Saturday. Cato was 27-of-42 for 275 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions in leading a second-half comeback over presumed Conference USA title contender Southern Miss.
Cato was 11-of-16 for 132 yards with two touchdowns and an interception in the second half to erase a two-touchdown deficit in a 26-20 upset.
For the second consecutive week, East Carolina gave a Big Six conference contender fits.
A week after the Pirates scored 37 points on South Carolina, Bud Foster's defense was ready to answer the call.
After an uncharacteristic down season in 2010, the Hokies' defense showed signs of significant improvement by holding East Carolina to 112 total yards in the 17-10 win.
Virginia Tech limited ECU to minus-15 rushing yards, thanks to nine tackles for loss and five sacks.
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