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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 behind 35-6 at halftime Saturday. After they gave up five straight TDs, Ron Coluzzi's third field goal made it 56-9 with 3:12 left in the game.
Gardner was 10 of 15 for 162 yards with a 16-yard TD pass to Jeremy Gallon and two interceptions. He ran for a 22-yard score midway through the first quarter when Michigan led by just four points and had a 4-yard TD on the ground late in the first half.
The Wolverines' scoring barrage started on the opening drive when Dymonte Thomas blocked Central Michigan's punt and Joe Reynolds scooped up the football and returned it 30 yards for a score.
Gardner threw an interception on his second pass, and overthrew a receiver on his other interception. Other than those two snaps, Denard Robinson's replacement was effective throwing and running the ball.
The rout allowed Michigan coach Brady Hoke to give freshman Shane Morris playing time, a potentially valuable experience in case Gardner gets injured this season. Morris was 4 of 6 for 59 yards and had an interception on pass tipped by a teammate.
Michigan's Fitzgerald Toussaint completed a successful comeback, running for 57 yards and two TDs in his first game since breaking his left leg last November against Iowa. One of his backups, Drake Johnson, left the game after appearing to hurt his left knee in the third quarter. Freshman running back Derrick Green ran for 58 yards and a third-quarter TD.
Central Michigan quarterback Cody Kater and running back Zurlon Tipton started the game, but couldn't finish it because of injuries.
Kater was 2 of 6 for 13 yards and Alex Niznak replaced him and was 11 of 22 for 131 yards with an interception. Tipton ran for 10 yards on four carries, getting shut down during two series after running for nearly 1,500 yards.
A couple hours before kickoff, Michigan announced that starting safety Thomas Gordon was suspended for one game for an unspecified violation of team rules.
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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).
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...
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 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...
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.
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...
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...
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 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).
If you're looking to get juiced up for the start of the Michigan Wolverines' 2013 season, and you've got about eight minutes to spare, this hype video should do you just right.
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.
The Michigan Wolverines' marching band mocked Ohio State's "Script Ohio" on Saturday during their halftime performance.
Big Tentacles - The Big Ten and its influence over college football.
Indiana Wants Me.
Indiana beats Indiana State 73-35. (ESPN)
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...
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, then...you know, we're not going to win it." -Brady Hoke, post-game.
The day went as planned. Invite an inferior MAC...
With Notre Dame looming, this was a workout the rust gam