COLLEGE FOOTBALL : Once Michigan Gets Going, It’s All Over : Big Ten: Biakabutuka shakes off injury, scores three quick touchdowns in 38-14 victory over Illinois.

From Associated Press

Tim Biakabutuka, who had only three carries in the first half because of a sore shoulder, scored three touchdowns during the first 4:22 of the third quarter to give 13th-ranked Michigan a 31-0 lead on its way to a 38-14 Big Ten victory over No. 25 Illinois on Saturday.

Michigan (2-0) led, 10-0, at halftime. Then Biakabutuka went to work.

The Wolverines, starting from their own 20, moved downfield quickly, as Scott Dreisbach passed to Mercury Hayes for 46 yards and to Amani Toomer for 29 to set up a five-yard scoring run by Biakabutuka.

“Those two passes changed the momentum of the game,” Michigan Coach Lloyd Carr said.

“Any time you make big plays like that, it hurts the morale of the defense.”

Michigan got another opportunity two plays later when Charles Woodson recovered a fumble at the Illini 28.


Biakabutuka gained 17 yards on the next play and ran for 11 more to put the Wolverines ahead, 24-0.

Michigan soon struck again, aided by the Illini’s third fumble.

The Wolverines needed only four plays to extend the lead on a 35-yard run up the middle by Biakabutuka.

“It was the longest third quarter I’ve ever been involved in,” Illini defensive coordinator Denny Marcin said. “It seemed like it was forever.”

Michigan runners accounted for only 52 yards in last week’s 18-17 last-second victory over Virginia, but they had 155 against Illinois, with Biakabutuka gaining 97 yards in 10 carries.

Illinois had 351 yards of total offense, but rushing, its biggest problem last season, accounted for only 66 yards.

“It was a shocking experience for us,” Illinois receiver Marquis Mosely said. “We expected a much closer game.”


Anthony Williams blocked a punt and recovered the ball in the end zone to make the score, 38-0, early in the fourth quarter.

Illinois scored with 6:57 remaining when Will Smith ran five yards for a touchdown.

The game’s final touchdown came on a five-yard pass from Illinois reserve quarterback Scott Weaver to Len Willis.

In the first quarter, Dreisbach passed 13 yards to Chris Howard alone in the end zone. The touchdown was set up by a fumble recovery at the Illini 16.

For Illinois, it was the first season opener against a Big Ten opponent since 1984.