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               === No. 17 Michigan feasts on Central Michigan ===
 
 Ann  Arbor,  MI (Sports Network)  - Devin Gardner threw  for 162 yards and one
 touchdown,  while rushing  for a pair of scores, as No. 17 Michigan demolished
 Central Michigan, 59-9, at Michigan Stadium.
 
 Despite  being picked off twice, Gardner completed 10-of-15 passes, and gained
 52 yards on seven carries for the Wolverines (1-0), who were coming off an 8-5
 campaign in 2012 which included an Outback Bowl defeat against South Carolina.
 
 "Well,  I think to  the offense itself, I think it's really important. I think
 to  have balance  and when  you  have balance,  you  can run  the ball,"  said
 Michigan  head coach Brady  Hoke. "It just opens up so much of the play-action
 game. And that's the one thing that Devin more than a lot of quarterbacks does
 such a great job -- with ball-handling and play-action -- that it's a big part
 of our offense."
 
 Fitzgerald  Toussaint crossed the  goal line twice on the ground en route to a
 57-yard,  14-carry performance, Derrick Green and Thomas Rawls added a rushing
 TD apiece, and Jeremy Gallon registered a touchdown catch among his four grabs
 for 47 yards.
 
 Alex  Niznak went  11-of-22 for  131 yards  and was  picked off  once for  the
 Chippewas  (0-1),  who  went 7-6  a  season  ago  which  ended with  a  Little
 Caesars Bowl victory over Western Kentucky.
 
 "I  thought he did  a couple of good things," said Central Michigan head coach
 Dan  Enos about Niznak.  "He made some mistakes too as you would expect from a
 guy  in his first  game, and they are a good defense. We will look at the tape
 and  see  how he did. One  thing I thought he  did was he competed. He came in
 there,  and  he competed. He  had a great attitude;  he was positive the whole
 time."
 
 Starter Cody Kater left the game with a shoulder injury in the second quarter,
 after going just 2-of-6 for 13 yards.
 
 Ron  Coluzzi's three  field goals  accounted  for all  the meaningful  Central
 Michigan offense. Andrew Flory totaled 79 yards on four receptions.
 
 Michigan  took  control right away, as  Dymonte Thomas blocked a Richie Hogans
 punt,  which  Joe Reynolds recovered  and ran 30  yards for the game's opening
 score.
 
 Coluzzi's  23-yard field  goal put CMU on  the board two series later, but the
 hosts  responded  with a six-play,  77-yard march  ending on a 22-yard rushing
 score from Gardner and a 14-3 lead.
 
 The  Wolverines went  up 21-3  on the  first down  of the  second quarter,  as
 Toussaint plunged in from the one to cap a 73-yard progression in 10 plays.
 
 Jason  Wilson later picked off Gardner, and Coluzzi split the uprights from 27
 yards  away, but  Michigan roared back with a pair of end-zone forays. Gardner
 found  Gallon for a 16-yard TD strike, then took it in himself from four yards
 out  inside  the final  minute of the  half, and the  29-point margin stood at
 intermission.
 
 Toussaint's  two-yard  run produced a  42-6 margin for  the hosts to cap their
 first  drive of  the  second half,  then  Green  rolled in  from  the one  and
 Rawls  contributed a five-yard jaunt to paydirt and it was 56-6 heading to the
 fourth.
 
 A 33-yarder from Coluzzi opened the scoring in the final period, while Brendon
 Gibbons later connected on a 30-yarder to cap the rout.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Michigan, which registered its 15th consecutive home victory, has won all four
 lifetime  matchups with CMU, including a 41-17 decision in their last meeting,
 in  Ann Arbor on Sept. 9, 2006 ... The Wolverines racked up the most points in
 one  game since ripping  UMass by a 63-13 count on Sept. 15, 2012 ... Michigan
 outgained their MAC foes by a 463-210 margin ... The Wolverines recorded their
 highest-scoring  season  opener since whipping  Ohio Wesleyan 65-0 in 1905 ...
 Prior  to  the contest,  UM announced  that starting  safety Thomas Gordon was
 suspended for an unspecified violation of team rules.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 09/01 01:40:03 ET