NCAA Game Summary - Appalachian State at Michigan|
(Saturday, August 30)
Final Score: Michigan 52, Appalachian State 14
Ann Arbor, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - Devin Gardner completed all but one of his
14 pass attempts, leading to three touchdowns, as the Michigan Wolverines
demolished Appalachian State, 52-14, in non-conference play at Michigan
Gardner finished with 173 yards through the air for the Wolverines (1-0), with
all three of his scoring strikes going to Devin Funchess who had seven catches
for 95 yards.
The struggling Mountaineers (0-1) were led by Kameron Bryant who completed 8-
of-19 passing for 58 yards and a score in the losing cause. Terrence Upshaw
produced a team-high 109 yards rushing on 18 attempts.
Funchess and Gardner combined on a pair of aerial scores in the opening
quarter, the first coming on a nine-yard effort and the second a 34-yard pass
play, giving the Wolverines a 14-0 advantage after 15 minutes of action.
Funchess scored this third TD of the afternoon with just under four minutes
remaining in the half when he elevated over a pair of defenders and reeled in
an eight-yard toss from Gardner.
Barely two minutes later the Wolverines were back knocking on the door, thanks
in large part to a 61-yard run down to the 12-yard line by De'Veon Smith. On
the very next play Smith fought his way up the middle and into the end zone to
give the hosts a 28-0 advantage.
Michigan continued to pile on as Bentlee Critchers blocked a punt deep in
ASU's end of the field, the ball then recovered by Ben Gedeon and returned 32
yards for the score with 48 seconds left in the half.
The Wolverines wasted little time in putting even more points on the board in
the second half as they took the opening kickoff and marched 75 yards, aided
by a 62-yard rumble by Derrick Green down to the four-yard line. Green did the
honors three plays later as he burst over the goal line from one yard out.
Appalachian State showed some signs of life on their next possession as they
drove 75 yards on 11 plays, culminating with an eight-yard touchdown pass from
Bryant to Simms McElfresh in the back of the end zone.
The Mountaineers then attempted an onside kick, but that merely gave the hosts
a short field to work with, resulting in a 13-yard TD run by Smith to make the
score 49-7 with 4:27 to play in the third.
With Michigan poised to go in for yet another score late in the third, backup
quarterback Shane Morris was intercepted by Dante Blackmon at the four-yard
line and from there the visitors mounted a lengthy 96-yard drive that ended
with a one-yard score by Marcus Cox.
Not to be outdone, the Wolverines also put together a lengthy 63-yard drive,
but they were stopped at the one-yard line. Kicker Matt Wile managed to hook
an 18-yard field goal through the uprights for the final points of the day.
Michigan, which tied for 102nd in the country last season with a mere 125.7
ypg on the ground, rolled up 350 rushing yards on the afternoon and had 560
yards of total offense, compared to just 280 yards for ASU.
The Mountaineers won the first meeting between these programs back in 2007, a
34-32 triumph, marking the first time an FCS squad defeated a ranked team from
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