Sept. 15, 2012
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Michigan Stadium)
Score: #17 Michigan 63, Massachusetts 13
Records: U-M (2-1), UMass (0-3)
Next U-M Game: Saturday, Sept. 22 -- at Notre Dame (South Bend, Ind.), 7:30 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan football team (No. 17 AP/No. 18 USA Today Coaches) used a balanced attack, earning touchdowns from eight different players, en route to a 63-13 victory over Massachusetts Saturday (Sept. 15) at Michigan Stadium.
Senior quarterback Denard Robinson (Deerfield Beach, Fla./Deerfield Beach) compiled 291 yards passing and 106 yards rushing. For the second consecutive game, Robinson totaled four touchdowns -- three through the air and one on the ground. Robinson also accounted for 366 total yards in the first half, a career best.
Senior/junior running back Fitzgerald Toussaint (Youngstown, Ohio/Liberty) added 85 yards and a score on the ground, while junior receiver Drew Dileo (Greenwell Springs, La./Parkview Baptist) led the aerial attack with 91 yards on three catches.
The Michigan defense allowed only 259 total yards and surrendered just 13 points. Senior linebacker Brandin Hawthorne (Pahokee, Fla./Pahokee) posted seven tackles, while senior/junior safeties Jordan Kovacs (Curtice, Ohio/Clay) and Thomas Gordon (Detroit, Mich./Cass Tech) each tallied six.
Michigan moved 65 yards down the field on the opening drive, ending with a 26-yard touchdown pass from Robinson to freshman tight end Devin Funchess (Farmington Hills, Mich./Harrison HS), his second in as many games.
The Maize and Blue continued its success on the second drive as Toussaint scored on an 11-yard run to cap an eight-play, 45-yard drive, extending the Wolverines lead to 14-0.
UMass got on the board early in the second quarter when Brendon Levengood connected on a 25-yard field goal, making the score 14-3.
On the ensuing Michigan possession, Dileo caught a pass from Robinson for 66 yards, taking the Maize and Blue to the Minutemen five yard-line. Senior running back Vincent Smith (Pahokee, Fla./Pahokee) took the ball up the middle on the following play to score his first touchdown of the season.
With 9:49 left in the first half, Robinson threw an interception to Christian Birt, who ran the ball in from 32 yards out to narrow the Michigan lead to 21-10. However, the Wolverines got the ball back and marched 75 yards down the field, capping the drive with a 42-yard touchdown pass from Robinson to junior receiver Devin Gardner (Detroit, Mich./Inkster), marking his third score on the season.
After forcing the Minutemen to a three-and-out, Robinson scrambled to the left, then cut back across the field 36 yards for his fourth rushing touchdown in three games, making the Michigan lead 35-10.
Approaching the two-minute mark in the half, UMass moved the ball down the field with help from a flee-flicker and Levengood connected on his second field goal of the game, making the score 35-13.
With 19 seconds left in the first half, Robinson fumbled the ball on a one-yard rushing attempt, but senior/junior tackle Taylor Lewan (Scottsdale, Ariz./Chaparral) pounced on the ball in the end zone to give the Wolverines a 42-13 halftime lead.
Fifth-year senior receiver Roy Roundtree (Trotwood, Ohio/Trotwood-Madison) started the scoring for Michigan in the second half, hauling in an 18-yard touchdown reception from Robinson on the first possession to extend the Wolverines' lead to 49-13. The score was the first of the season for Roundtree.
One drive later, the Wolverines stormed down the field once again behind a balanced rushing attack, ending with Smith's second touchdown of the game from nine yards out, giving Michigan a 56-13 lead.
Midway through the fourth quarter, sophomore/freshman running back Justice Hayes (Flint, Mich./Grand Blanc Community) joined the scoring with a one-yard touchdown run -- the first of his career -- to extend the Maize and Blue lead to 63-13.
The Wolverines head to South Bend to take on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish next Saturday (Sept. 22), scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on NBC.
Contact: Justin Dickens (734) 763-4423