Michigan football team scores in bunches, clobbers Massachusetts, 63-13
ANN ARBOR -- This time around, Massachusetts was no match for Michigan.
No. 17 Michigan scored 42 points before halftime and never looked back, putting up 585 yards of total offense in a 63-13 thumping of lowly Massachusetts on Saturday at Michigan Stadium.
The game marked the second time in three years that UMass has visited Michigan Stadium. The Minutemen fell by only five (42-37) in 2010. But on this day, it was never close.
Senior quarterback Denard Robinson tallied 397 yards of total offense to go along with four combined touchdowns.
The 63 points scored by Michigan marked the most points scored by a Wolverines team since the 2010 squad put up 67 points in a triple-overtime win over Illinois.
The Wolverines move to 2-1 on the young season, and will now prepare for their first true road test of the year next week at Notre Dame.
Prior to kickoff, Michigan honored former tight end great Ron Kramer by officially designating him a "Michigan Football Legend." Senior Michigan tight end Brandon Moore, who did not play Saturday due to injury, will wear Kramer's No. 87 for the rest of the season.
-- Denard Robinson did throw one interception, but otherwise, he was extremely efficient in the first half. He finished the first half 13-for-19 for 260 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. He also rushed for 106 yards before the break, and completed passes to eight different receivers. He finished the day with 291 yards passing to go along with three scores and a pick.
-- Devin Funchess made another big play (26-yard touchdown catch) and Devin Gardner continued to show why Michigan moved him to wide receiver, as he made a tough 42-yard touchdown grab and run in the second quarter.
-- Fitz Toussaint finally hit paydirt. Toussaint's 11-yard run off the edge in the first quarter was the first Michigan rushing touchdown scored this season by someone not named Denard Robinson. Toussaint finished the day with 85 yards on 15 carries.
-- Roy Roundtree finally made his presence known this season, catching an 18-yard touchdown pass from Robinson in the second half. Entering the game, Roundtree had just 17 yards receiving.
-- Robinson's interception, which was returned 32 yards for a score by Massachusetts' Christian Birt, was a poor decision and a poor throw from the shotgun. Robinson forced the throw, across his body and paid the price for it. He now has four interceptions in three games.
-- The Michigan defense allowed UMass to drive deep into Wolverine territory twice in the first half -- mainly by way of big pass plays. Neither Courtney Avery, nor Raymon Taylor, looked overly efficient at cornerback opposite J.T. Floyd.
-- Michigan still had trouble creating turnovers, failing to record one against lowly UMass. The Wolverines, on the season, have just one turnover gained (a meaningless fumble against Alabama). Michigan did get a turnover against UMass, but it was a special teams fumble recovery.
ISSUE OF THE WEEK:
-- Michigan continued to play a ton of freshmen against an overmatched Massachusetts squad. Devin Funchess made plays again, as did James Ross and Joe Bolden on defense -- those three players appear to be mainstays in the lineup. Also, true freshman corner Terry Richardson saw some playing time, as did Jarrod Wilson and Mario Ojemudia. Offensively, Dennis Norfleet saw time, as did true freshman Amara Darboh.
Michigan racked up a lot of yards, scored a lot of points and blew UMass out just as everyone thought they would. The defense, however, still was far from perfect and Denard Robinson threw another interception. Is Michigan ready for Notre Dame? Or are the Wolverines still a very unfinished product?