SOUTH BEND, Ind. - By now the Michigan faithful is used to quarterback Denard Robinson saying the same things each week. But after tonight's 13-6 loss to No. 11 Notre Dame, the public saw a different side of Denard Robinson. Not necesarily a defeated Denard Robinson, but a little bit of a defiant Denard Robinson. And that might be a good thing.
In the wake of being intercepted four times and sacked once, Robinson issued a personal, almost passionate edict.
“I’m going to be accountable for the rest of the season, I’ll tell you that much," Robinson told the crowd of media types surrounding him in a hallway underneath the stands at Notre Dame Stadium. "I’m going to do whatever it takes to win, and whatever it takes for my team to win, that’s what I’m going to do. I don’t want to feel like this anymore.”
He scoffed at the notion that he's the one carrying the Wolverines, though his numbers going into Saturday's game in South Bend would say otherwise. In Michigan's first three games, Robinson accounted for more than 80 percent of the Wolverines’ 1,276 total yards, as he rushed for 351 yards and passed for 699 yards.
Against Notre Dame on his birthday, Robinson finished with 26 carries for 90 yards and finished 13 of 24 passing with 138 yards - and four interceptions.
"They don't rely on me," Robinson said. "I've just got to be accountable in what I've got to do, and that's passing the ball to the guys. I feel like I wasn't accountable. I should have just played a role."
His role, he said, is to be accountable. But Saturday's loss to Notre Dame, Robinson believed, was the worst game of his career.
"This the most disappointed I've ever been in myself, in I don't know how long," Robinson said. "I mean, in the 22 years I've been living, this is the most disappointed I've been in myself."