Michigan 59, CMU 9 (Final)
It was all Michigan from the get-go Saturday.
The No. 17-ranked Wolverines demolished the visiting Central Michigan Chippewas, 59-9, in front of a raucous crowd at the Big House.
Team 134 was led in the first half by quarterback Devin Gardner, who despite throwing two picks, made plays on his feet while throwing for 162 yards and a touchdown. In relief duty, freshman Shane Morris managed the offense and got meaningful snaps against a still-feisty Chippewas defense in the second half.
Freshman Derrick Green rushed for a team-high 58 yards and a touchdown. Senior Fitz Toussaint rushed for 57 yards and scored two touchdowns.
The Wolverines were without starting safeties Courtney Avery and Thomas Gordon. Avery underwent surgery and Gordon served a one-game suspension for violation of team rules.
Central Michigan's Cody Kater was given a rude welcoming to FBS football. The first-time starter was relentlessly attacked from the opening kickoff. After only six attempts, he was pulled for Alex Niznak, who threw for 131 yards.
Chippewas field-goal kicker Ron Coluzzi was 3-of-3, including a long of 33 yards.
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