Hart Sets Record; Paces Michigan

Michigan running back Mike Hart ran for over 200 yards and three scores to lead the Wolverines past Eastern Michigan 33-22 on Saturday afternoon at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor. Hart's effort moved him into the lead for the Michigan all-time rushing record with 4,655 career yards.

ANN ARBOR -- Senior running back Mike Hart ran through Eastern Michigan (2-4, 1-1) and into the record books with a 215-yard, three touchdown performance to guide the Wolverines (4-2, 2-0) past the Eagles 33-22 on Saturday afternoon at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor.

Hart, who entered the contest needing just 32 yards to pass Anthony Thomas as Michigan's all-time leading rusher, scored on runs of 4, 24 and 17 in the contest and finished the contest with an average of 9.8 yards per carry.

"It's a great honor to be mentioned with the same names as those backs," Hart said after breaking the rushing record. "They were all great backs here and they all did a great job leading their team. I just want to keep doing what I can to help this team win."

In a game that wasn't expected to be close, it didn't take long for the Wolverines to jump on top. On the first possession of the game, Michigan cornerback Morgan Trent jumped a route on Eagles quarterback Andy Schmitt. Trent tipped the ball into the air, and Jamar Adams, from his strong safety position nabbed the ball and carried it deep into Eagles territory to set up a K.C. Lopata 31-yard field goal.

With 1:53 left on the clock in the first, the Wolverines made it 10-0.

After starting on their own 1-yard line, the Michigan offense marched 99 yards in just eight plays, capped by a 31-yard Chad Henne to Adrian Arrington pass in the back left side of the Eastern Michigan end zone.

"Chad is one of the leaders of the team and it's always great to have him back in the huddle with the command that he has," Michigan offensive lineman Adam Kraus said on Henne after missing two games and playing just half the game last week. "He did a great job. I thought we gave him a little bit too much pressure in the first half, but he did a great job. I'm just happy to see him back."

Eastern Michigan pulled within seven points in the final moments of the closing quarter after Dontayo Gage broke an 86-yard kickoff return down the left sideline to provide the Eagles with a short field.

"Defensively, I thought we played very well, but we made a big mistake on a kickoff return and had a field goal blocked. Eastern Michigan is much improved. I think Jeff Genyk has done a very good job there," Michigan coach Lloyd Carr said.

Hart's first touchdown run of the game extended the Wolverines lead, but Eastern Michigan blocked the extra point attempt and returned it for two points, along with a late field goal, to make it 16-8 Michigan at the half.

Eastern Michigan recovered an onside kick to open the second half and punched the ball in to trim the lead to two points, but the second half belonged to Hart.

Capping an 80-yard drive, Hart cut back up the middle of the field to daylight and scampered for a 24-yard score to provide the Wolverines with a two score lead.

Lopata added another field goal, and Hart added his third score of the game, this time from 17-yards out, to finish the Eastern Michigan Eagles.

Henne finished the game 17-of-26 for 195 yards and a score. Adrian Arrington hauled in six balls for 102 yards and his fourth touchdown of the season.

Following the 33-22 win, the Wolverines next return to Big 10 play with their homecoming battle against the Purdue Boilermakers next Saturday in Ann Arbor.

"We have to score points. We can't come out flat because if they get up on us a couple points, then they can take over the game. We have to come out and score points, keep running the ball, and keep throwing it as we need to," Hart said.

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