Aug 31, 2013
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.