Michigan took on UMASS in Ann Arbor today, coming out victorious by a massive margin good enough to cover a 46.5 point spread. The Wolverines are now 2-1 with Notre Dame looming large.
The first half score wasn't anything dreadful but a few things did stand out, including the defense's early struggles against the UMASS offense and Denard's pick-six. The defense went on to stymie the UMASS offense for the vast majority of the contest, allowing the offense to put a ridiculous amount of points on the board. I'll have a more complete review of the game up tomorrow, but for now here are some bullets:
- Denard Robinson went off again, accounting for 4 touchdowns and just under 400 yards. Three of the scores were passes with his lone rushing touchdown coming off of a nice slash across the field.
-The Michigan running backs found more room to run, and Fitzgerald Toussaint looked like his old self. Thomas Rawls also had a nice outside rush that he finished by crushing the defender with his pads. Toussaint, Robinson and Hayes all had a single rushing touchdown while Vincent Smith chipped two in.
-Michigan's big receivers, Devin Funchess and Devin Gardner, both had touchdown receptions. Gardner capped his scoring play off by tip-toeing down the sideline and diving to reach the pylon. Roy Roundtree also made a touchdown grab on a bullet from Robinson.
-The defense is still rotating a ton of freshman into the two-deep. This will be the case all year long.