Three-Headed Quarterback Helps U-M Rout Bowling Green

Sept. 25, 2010

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Michigan Stadium)
Score: #21 Michigan 65, Bowling Green 21
Records: U-M (4-0), Bowling Green (1-3)
Attendance: 109,933 (sellout)
Next U-M Game: Saturday, Oct. 2 -- at Indiana (Bloomington, Ind.), 3:30 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan football team (No. 21 AP/No. 22 Coaches) scored touchdowns on nine of its 11 possessions in a 65-21 win over Bowling Green on Saturday (Sept. 25) at Michigan Stadium. The Wolverines posted the second-most total yards in a single game with 721 yards -- 466 rushing and 255 passing -- to surpass the 500-yard mark for the third consecutive contest.

Three U-M quarterbacks saw game action against BGSU. Sophomore quarterback Denard Robinson (Deerfield Beach, Fla./Deerfield Beach HS) recorded 189 yards of total offense -- 129 rushing and 60 passing -- and two rushing touchdowns on nine touches before exiting the contest late in the first quarter. Sophomore quarterback Tate Forcier (San Diego, Calif./Scripps Ranch) completed all 12 of his passes, setting a U-M record for highest completion percentage (100 percent) in a single game with a minimum of 10 passes, for 110 yards and a touchdown. Freshman quarterback Devin Gardner (Detroit, Mich./Inkster) went 7-of-10 for 85 yards with a touchdown and rushed for 25 yards with a score.

Sophomore superback Vincent Smith (Pahokee, Fla./Pahokee HS) and junior superback Michael Shaw (Trotwood, Ohio/Trotwood-Madison) each had a team-high 12 rushes for 62 and 59 yards, respectively, combining for three touchdowns. Junior/sophomore slot receiver Roy Roundtree (Trotwood, Ohio/Trotwood-Madison) exceeded 100 yards receiving for the third time in his career, catching nine passes for a game-high 118 yards.

The Michigan defense held the Bowling Green rushing attack to 32 yards and tallied a season-high three sacks. Junior/sophomore safety Jordan Kovacs (Curtice, Ohio/Clay) made a team-high eight tackles, including one for loss. Fifth-year senior linebacker Jonas Mouton (Los Angeles, Calif./Venice) amassed seven stops, one sack and an interception. Senior/junior defensive end Ryan Van Bergen set a career high with two sacks on both of his tackles, while junior/sophomore linebacker Kenny Demens (Oak Park, Mich./Detroit Country Day) posted a career-high five tackles and one tackle for loss.

The Wolverines took the opening kickoff and drove 80 yards in nine plays for a 7-0 lead. Robinson accounted for 54 yards of total offense on the drive, completing both of his pass attempts for 43 yards and gaining 11 yards on the ground. Roundtree grabbed a 36-yard pass on a corner route to just outside the Bowling Green red zone. Robinson and Shaw touched the ball on the next five plays -- all rushes -- with Robinson capping the drive with a designed keeper off the right tackle for a two-yard touchdown.

After the Michigan defense forced a three-and-out, Robinson doubled U-M's lead with an exhilarating 47-yard touchdown scamper with 9:28 remaining in the first quarter. Robinson ran a designed sweep to the left, juked a Bowling Green defender and put on the jets as he cut back across the field into open space for his second rushing score. Robinson was responsible for every yard on the five-play, 88-yard series.

Mouton sacked the Bowling Green quarterback for a 10-yard loss on the following drive, and the offense rewarded his effort. Gardner entered the contest after Robinson opened the drive with a 47-yard run. On his second snap of the drive, Gardner completed his first career pass to junior wide receiver Darryl Stonum (Stafford, Texas/Dulles) for 30 yards on a go route. Two plays later, sophomore/freshman slot receiver Jeremy Gallon (Apopka, Fla./Apopka HS) caught his first career pass from Gardner in the left flat and ran 11 yards across the goal line for each player's first career touchdown. The 91-yard drive gave the Wolverines a 21-0 advantage with 4:21 remaining in the opening frame.

The Falcons responded by scoring a touchdown on each of their next two drives, cutting into the Wolverines' lead, 21-14.

Forcier became the third Michigan quarterback of the game, entering late in the second quarter. After Bowling Green was penalized for defensive pass interference, Forcier threw a screen pass to Roundtree that resulted in a 22-yard gain down the right sideline to the Falcons' 10-yard line. Shaw received the next two touches, plowing into the end zone for a two-yard score on the second rush. The 10-play, 69-yard touchdown drive gave the Wolverines a 28-14 halftime lead.

After Van Bergen recorded his first sack of the season to force a Bowling Green punt, Michigan got a safety on a high snap over the punter's head that rolled out of the end zone. The Wolverines tacked on a touchdown following the free kick as Roundtree went over 100 yards receiving on a 21-yard catch over the middle of the field to place U-M at the BGSU 28-yard line. Shaw and Smith combined for seven rushes for 26 rushing yards before senior/junior fullback John McColgan (Saginaw, Mich./Nouvel Catholic) scored a touchdown on a two-yard play-action pass -- his first career reception -- from Forcier to give Michigan a 37-14 lead.

On the third play of Bowling Green's next drive, Mouton picked off a pass for his second interception of the season and returned it nine yards to the Bowling Green 37-yard line. Three plays later, Smith sprinted into the end zone for an eight-yard touchdown rush to extend the Wolverines' lead to 44-14.

After a Bowling Green score, Smith answered the Falcons' touchdown by adding his second touchdown rush on the day early in the fourth quarter, a one-yard plunge. Forcier accounted for 44 yards on the scoring drive, completing all three of his passes for 28 yards and rushing once for 16 yards.

The Wolverines added two more rushing touchdowns to cap the scoring. Sophomore/freshman Fitzgerald Toussaint (Youngstown, Ohio/Liberty) scored on a five-yard run up the middle after gaining 61 yards on his first career play from scrimmage. Gardner scrambled seven yards on fourth down and got just inside the right pylon for his second touchdown with 3:11 left in the contest for the final 65-21 margin.

Michigan opens the Big Ten Conference season on the road against Indiana in Bloomington next Saturday (Oct. 2). The Wolverines and Hoosiers will kick off at 3:30 p.m., and the game will be televised on ESPNU.

Contact: David Ablauf (734) 763-4423

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