Postgame Notes: #17 Michigan 59, Central Michigan 9


Aug 31, 2013

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• Today's announced attendance of 112,618 marks the 245th consecutive game of more than 100,000 fans at Michigan Stadium.

• Michigan improved its record in season openers to an impressive 110-21-3, including a 94-15-2 mark in season openers at home. The Wolverines also improved to 111-18-2 all-time in home openers.

• The Wolverines improved to 4-0 in all-time series against Central Michigan. The Wolverines are 32-1 all-time against teams from the Mid-American Conference. Head coach Brady Hoke improved to 3-4 all-time against CMU.

• Today's win is Michigan's 15th straight victory at Michigan Stadium. The Wolverines have not lost at home since falling to Wisconsin on Nov. 20, 2010.

• Six Michigan players earned their first collegiate start: junior/sophomore left guard Graham Glasgow, junior/sophomore center Jack Miller, sophomore/freshman right guard Kyle Kalis, junior/sophomore defensive end Keith Heitzman, senior/junior safety Josh Furman and sophomore safety Jarrod Wilson.

• Twenty-seven Wolverines made their collegiate debut today. In addition to Kalis, sophomore/freshman right guard Blake Bars, sophomore/freshman right tackle Ben Braden, junior/sophomore left guard Chris Bryant, freshman tight end Jake Butt, freshman defensive end Taco Charlton, sophomore/freshman receiver Jehu Chesson, sophomore/freshman safety Jeremy Clark, sophomore/freshman quarterback Ryan Cleary, sophomore/freshman receiver Bo Dever, freshman linebacker Ben Gedeon, sophomore/freshman defensive tackle Ryan Glasgow, sophomore/freshman defensive end Matthew Godin, freshman running back Derrick Green, sophomore/freshman defensive tackle Willie Henry, freshman defensive back Delano Hill, sophomore/freshman tight end Michael Jocz, sophomore/freshman running back Drake Johnson, freshman safety Jourdan Lewis, sophomore/freshman left tackle Erik Magnuson, freshman quarterback Shane Morris, sophomore/freshman left guard Ben Pliska, freshman running back De'Veon Smith, freshman defensive back Channing Stribling, sophomore/freshman defensive end Tom Strobel, freshman safety Dymonte Thomas, and freshman receiver Csont'e York also saw playing time against Central Michigan.

• Michigan's 59 points are the most by a Wolverine squad in a season opener since a 65-0 win over Ohio Wesleyan on Sept. 30, 1905.

• It was the most points scored by Michigan since a 63-13 victory over Massachusetts on Sept. 15, 2012. U-M's 35 first-half points are its most since scoring 42 in the first half against UMass.

• Senior/junior quarterback Devin Gardner completed 10-of-15 passes for 162 yards and rushed for a career-best 52 yards on seven carries. It was his third career game with multiple rushing touchdowns. He has accounted for at least two touchdowns in six consecutive games.

• Fifth-year senior running back Fitzgerald Toussaint registered his fifth career multi-touchdown effort, upping his career rushing touchdowns to 17. The two touchdowns were Toussaint's first since scoring against Minnesota last season (Nov. 3, 2012).

• Freshman running back Derrick Green posted a team-best 58 rushing yards -- on 11 carries -- in his collegiate debut. He recorded his first career touchdown on a one-yard run in the third quarter.

• Fifth-year senior kicker Brendan Gibbons accounted for 11 points with eight PATs and one field goal. With 213 career points scored, he moved to 14th among Michigan's all-time leaders in the category, passing both Rick Leach (204, 1975-78) and Ali Haji-Sheikh (210, 1979-82).

• Gibbons also extended his consecutive PAT streak to 105 and his consecutive field goal streak to 14. He moved to fourth all time among U-M's career PAT leaders (120) and earned a share of fifth among the Wolverines' career field goal leaders, tying Haji-Sheikh with 31.

• Fifth-year senior receiver Jeremy Gallon has posted a reception in 27 consecutive games. He had four catches for 47 yards vs. Central Michigan.

• Fifth-year senior receiver Joe Reynolds scored his first collegiate touchdown, returning a blocked punt early in the first quarter. It was Michigan's first blocked punt return for a touchdown since Brandon Graham scored against Delaware State in 2009.

• Reynolds also posted a career-best 45 receiving yards, on a career-long 45-yard reception in the third quarter. His previous long was a 12-yard grab last season against Iowa (Nov. 17, 2012).

• Sophomore receiver Dennis Norfleet registered a career-long 38-yard rush -- on his third career carry -- in the first quarter. Norfleet also posted his first career reception and ended the game with two catches for 15 total yards and 106 kick return yards.

• Sophomore tight end Devin Funchess recorded a career-long 36-yard reception in the third quarter. His previous best was 30 yards against Air Force last season (Sept. 8, 2012).

• Michigan posted four sacks, matching last season's high, which it recorded against Ohio State (Nov. 24, 2012). Fifth-year senior linebacker Cameron Gordon posted two sacks -- the first of his career -- for a combined loss of 13 yards. Junior linebacker Brennen Beyer also recorded his first career sack.

• Junior cornerback Raymon Taylor posted his third career interception in the second quarter, returning it for 51 yards.

• Junior cornerback Delonte Hollowell recorded his third career fumble recovery in the fourth quarter.

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