Remember me? Roy Roundtree comes up big when Michigan needs him the most
ANN ARBOR -- Just in case you forgot, Roy Roundtree still plays football at Michigan.
And, just in case you forgot, he's still pretty good when he wants to be.
The senior wideout put up his first 100-yard receiving day in 720 days Saturday during Michigan's 38-31 overtime win over Northwestern, and no catch was bigger than his juggled hail mary-like grab that not only saved the day -- but possibly Michigan's season as well.
"Everybody knows what I can do," said Roundtree, who finished with 5 catches for 139 yards. "I ain't been forgot."
Roundtree set a Michigan wide receiver record for a dip in reception numbers from 2010 to 2011 -- catching 53 fewer passes last season in Al Borges' offense.
But he never complained, never seemed concerned and never got overly frustrated.
And on Saturday, with everything on the line, one of Michigan's senior leaders delivered.
Roundtree's 53-yard catch with seven seconds to go tested the very focus he's shown over the past year and a half in a new offense. After quarterback Devin Gardner heaved the ball into the air, the pass appeared to be tipped by a Northwestern defensive back -- forcing Roundtree to re-adjust and haul the ball in.
One play later, Michigan had forced overtime. Twenty minutes later, the Wolverines' season was saved -- for now.
"We practice that exact play in practice, and it works just like that," Gardner said. "We practice things like that every week, and it just came out in the game."
The big catch wasn't the only play Roundtree made Saturday. He hauled in a 33-yard pass in the first quarter to set up Michigan's first touchdown.
And, in overtime, Roundtree's 17-yard catch and run set up Gardner's quarterback keeper, a play that proved to be the game-winner.
But it was his 53-yarder that will be remembered most -- and it'll be remembered right up there with the last-second, game-winning touchdown grab he hauled in last season under the lights against Notre Dame.
"Notre Dame last year was last year," Roundtree said. "Just being able to come in here and fight and see our team finish strong, see us stick together ... That play was for Michigan."
Some fans were openly critical this past summer when Michigan coach Brady Hoke awarded Roundtree the No. 21, allowing Roundtree to carry the legacy of Michigan Heisman Trophy winner -- and "Football Legend" -- Desmond Howard.
But Roundtree was never worried. He loves his team, he loves his program and he loves to make big plays.
Just in case you forgot.
"One thing I said in the summer, I wasn't going to let (Howard) down," Roundtree said. "When the ball was in my area, I've got to make a play.
"And today, I just showed it."