ANN ARBOR – Quarterback Denard Robinson played just 15 offensive snaps before leaving with a minor knee injury late in the first quarter, but the Wolverines Heisman Trophy candidate still tallied 129 yards and a pair of scores on five carries, plus added 60-yards on the ground as the No. 20 Wolverines blitzed the visiting BGSU Falcons 65-21 on Saturday afternoon at Michigan Stadium.
Sophomore Tate Forcier, in relief of Robinson, and freshman Devin Gardner, who ran the offense for three series' in the first half, led the team through much of the remainder of the contest. Forcier left late in the contest with an apparent tweak to the ankle, but ended the day 12-for-12 passing for 110 yards and one touchdown, plus added 30 yards on the ground. Gardner completed 7-of-10 for his first collegiate touchdown, plus ran for another in his first significant time as a Wolverine.
Michigan raced to a 21-0 lead through the first quarter of action. Denard Robinson scored on a pair of touchdown runs (2, 47) on Michigan's first possession, then, following Robinson's injury, freshman Devin Gardner tallied his first collegiate touchdown pass on a screen to receiver Jeremy Gallon.
"Just looking at the stats here, our quarterbacks were 23-of-26 and 255 throwing. Some of those were easy throws and bubble screens and things like that, but I thought we threw the deep ball well," said Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez.
The visiting Falcons cut Michigan's lead to 21-14 towards the end of the second quarter on their most successful drives of the contest. Jordan Hopgood found the Michigan end zone on fourth and goal at the Michigan one to get BGSU on the scoreboard, then, on the Falcons next possession, Tyrone Pronty took Aaron Pankratz's screen pass 71-yards for a touchdown.
Michigan added one more score before the half when Michael Shaw took a handoff from Tate Forcier and powered in from the two to give Michigan its 28-14 halftime lead.
Forcier threw his first touchdown pass of the season on the Wolverines first possession of the second half. On third and goal from the two, Forcier found fullback John McColgan on a play-action pass to extend Michigan's lead to 37-14.
The teams then traded touchdowns over the final minutes of the quarter, Michigan's coming on an 8-yard run by Vincent Smith out of the zone read, and Michigan led 44-21 after three.
In the fourth quarter Vincent Smith added a second touchdown run, plus Fitzgerald Toussaint and Devin Gardner scored their first career rushing touchdowns as Michigan coasted to a 65-21 win.
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