The Michigan Wolverines kicked off the 2014 college football season with a convincing 52-14 win over the visiting Appalachian State Mountaineers on Saturday afternoon, in front of 106,811 fans at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor. The game featured impressive contributions from several U-M players.
Devin Gardner paced the offense for the Wolverines, as the fifth-year senior quarterback was 13-14 passing, including three touchdown strikes to tight end Devin Funchess. Gardner finished with 173 yards through the air and 9 yards rushing, and with the game well in hand, yielded to backup QB Shane Morris. Funchess, who caught 7 of those passes, tallied 95 yards receiving.
A pair of running backs had big days for the Maize and Blue. Derrick Green led all rushers with 170 yards on the ground on a mere 15 carries, one of which was a 61-yard scamper. Green also plunged into the end zone from 1 yard out early in the third quarter to put Michigan up 42-0. Meanwhile, fellow Wolverine ball carrier De’Veon Smith had 115 yards rushing on just 8 carries. Smith had the longest run of the day at 62 yards and TD runs of 12 and 13 yards.
Next up for U-M is a date with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. The game will take place next Saturday, September 6, in South Bend, Indiana, and is the last scheduled meeting in the storied rivalry between the two gridiron powerhouses.
Learn more about today’s game on Michigan’s official athletic website, MGoBlue.com. As of this writing, the site does not have a detailed recap, but stated that one is forthcoming.