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PLAYERS: Devin Gardner

Michigan Football opened the season in impressive fashion by thrashing Central Michigan to the tune of 59-9. 3 Stars Devin Gardner (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) Devin Gardner he did toss two interceptions, but he also accounted for 3 touchdowns in barely over a half of football. His final line was 10-15 passing for 152 yards and one touchdown. He also churned out 52 yards rushing and two more TDs. Cam Gordon recorded 4 tackles, 2 sacks and a pass break up. He very nearly corralled the pass he broke up in the end zone, but it was just out of reach. The senior captain looked decisive and confident. Anchored by everybody’s All-American, Taylor Lewan, the offensive line paved the way to 243 yards rushing and allowed just 1 sack. 3 Key Plays On the first possession of the game, Central Michigan dropped back to punt it away. Dymonte Thomas came busting through the line like freight train and blocked the punt which was scooped up by Joe Reynolds and returned for a Michigan touchdown. This play figures to be the first of many big plays that Thomas will make in his career. On the opening drive of the second half, Michigan struck first thanks to this play. Devin Gardner executed a great play fake and then threw deep to Joe Reynolds, who made a tremendous catch in traffic, for 45 yards. Two plays later Fitz Toussaint scored his second touchdown of the game. Late in the third quarter, Shane Morris rolled out and rifled a pass to Devin Funchess for 36 yards. Morris was 3-4 on the first drive of his career and looks as good as advertised. Stat of the game Six different Wolverines scored touchdowns. Random observations On a 3rd down and 13 in the 1st quarter, Central tried to run a screen pass by the Wolverines. Jarrod Wilson blew up the play as he laid the lumber on Saylor Lavallii as soon as the ball arrived. It sure is fun to watch Dennis Norfleet in the open field. It would appear that Michigan is going to have a lot of playmakers on defense. Shane Morris looks the part of a future star. He is poised, has a rocket arm and oozes leadership. Yet another true freshman who impressed was cornerback Channing Stribling. He totaled 5 tackles and 1 forced fumble. Random stats Derrick Green was Michigan’s leading rusher with 11 carries for 58 yards and 1 touchdown. Jeremy Gallon extended his streak to 27 consecutive games with a reception. True freshman linebacker Ben Gedeon tallied 4 tackles and looked good doing it. Eight different Michigan players caught a pass in this game. Brendan Gibbons tied a school record when he converted his 14th straight field goal attempt late. Michigan has now won 15 straight home games which is the second longest streak in the nation. What it means This was Michigan Football. They pounded a inferior opponent by playing strong defense and running the ball effectively. We’ll find out a lot more about this team next week, but they did exactly what they had to do today. If you would like to receive an email notification each time a Michigan Football and/or Basketball story is posted you can fill out the Email Notification Form. You can follow me on twitter @isportsRob


Fitz/Gardner Fought Through Emotions vs. CMU

Junior quarterback Devin Gardner and senior running back Fitz Toussaint had meaningful returns to Michigan Stadium Saturday afternoon in the season opening win over Central Michigan. Gardner and Toussaint discuss the anxiousness each felt, how they believe they fared (VIDEO included).

Michigan vs. Central Michigan preview

Despite graduating one of the most dynamic players in school history in Denard Robinson, Michigan feels pretty good about replacing him under center with Devin Gardner. The bigger concern for the Wolverines is who Gardner will throw to. No. 17 Michigan hopes for another top receiver to emerge alongside Jeremy Gallon on Saturday as it opens the season at home against Central Michigan...

A Commentary: Why I Believe in MICHIGAN

There are so many reasons why I believe in MICHIGAN. THE COACHING STAFF  Brady Hoke is the right man for the job. He loves MICHIGAN!. He understands what it takes to be a MICHIGAN man. He embraces the job. Hoke also knows that you need a great defense to bring home a championship. I have told anybody who will listen that before Hoke leaves MICHIGAN he will bring a national championship...

Michigan Football: Extra points Central Michigan edition

Michigan will open the season on Saturday when they host Central Michigan at the Big House. Kick off is set for 3:42pm and the game will be televised on the Big Ten Network. For a complete game preview click here: Michigan vs Central Michigan. For the extra points, read on. Michigan is 109-21-3 all-time in 133 season openers. The players elected four captains for this season. They...

No. 17 Michigan routs C Michigan 59-9 in opener

Devin Gardner ran for two touchdowns and threw for another in the first half as No. 17 Michigan went on to beat Central Michigan 59-9 in college football. It was the highest-scoring opener for the Wolverines (1-0) since 1905, when they beat Ohio Wesleyan 65-0. They will face a tougher test against No. 14 Notre Dame next week at home in a prime-time game. The Chippewas (0-1) fell...

What we learned in Michigan’s 59-9 blowout of Central Michigan

Michigan opened up their 2013 season with a bang Saturday afternoon by way of a 59-9 deconstruction of Central Michigan from the Big House. The Wolverines, despite the Chips probably not set up for success this season looked every bit a Legends division contender and displayed that life does in fact go on in an era without Denard Robinson. And aside of a couple of shaky plays, Devin...

Michigan rolls rolls over the Chips, 59-9

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Devin Gardner ran for two touchdowns and threw for another in the first half as No. 17 Michigan went on to beat Central Michigan 59-9.

Thomas Gordon Suspended for the Opener

Via UM press release: Michigan football head coach Brady Hoke announced Saturday (Aug. 31) that senior safety Thomas Gordon will serve a one-game suspension to open the 2013 season for a violation of team rules."It is important that our 115 sons represent this university and program to the high standards we hold," said Hoke. "But at times, like in society, our...

Michigan Wolverines suspend safety Thomas Gordon

Two short seasons after starting his Michigan Wolverines career on one of the nation’s worst defenses, Thomas Gordon, with the help of Brady Hoke, enters his senior season as an anchor on one of the nation’s best defensive units. Then again, they’ll start two safeties today with zero combined starts. The Michigan Wolverines suspended Thomas Gordon today for the game versus...

Hoke: Positives & negatives in win over CMU

Michigan coach Brady Hoke discusses the play of his Wolverines after a 59-9 win over Central Michigan Saturday and looks forward to the primetime match-up with Notre Dame in Ann Arbor (VIDEO included).

Big Tentacles: Devin Gardner, Kain Colter, Thursday night scores, and more.

Big Tentacles - The Big Ten and its influence over college football. Indiana Wants Me. Indiana beats Indiana State 73-35. (ESPN) Gopher Broke. Minnesota defeats UNLV 51-23. (AP/Yahoo! Sports) The Constant Gardner. Angelique S. Chengelis profiles Michigan starting quarterback Devin Gardner. (The Detroit News) The Mark of Kain. Rodger Sherman profiles Northwestern...

Game 1 Wrap Up: Central Michigan

Some of my favorite photos from yesterday. Click to embiggen. View the entire set here. Now, on to the recap... "This is all about winning a championship. And if we get satisfied (with) one effort, know, we're not going to win it." -Brady Hoke, post-game. The day went as planned. Invite an inferior MAC...

GBW Radio Hour - Segment 1 (Video)

In segment one of Sunday's GoBlueWolverine Radio Hour Sam Webb is joined by former Michigan running back Stan Edwards and former Michigan quarterback Rich Hewlett. The guys discuss Michigan's win over CMU, Devin Gardner's play, the running back situation, and a look at the offensive line.

Week 1 Intel with Darrell Funk

Michigan offensive line coach Darrell Funk breaks down his unit heading into today’s opener versus Central Michigan. He discusses Taylor Lewan’s leadership, the emergence of Graham Glasgow and Jack Miller, the progress made by Chris Bryant, Ben Braden, and Erik Magnuson, the challenges presented by the Chippewa defense, and more.

Archie Manning texts Devin Gardner after game

Michigan Wolverines quarterback Devin Gardner received a congratulatory text from none other than Archie Manning, because life is good.
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