ANN ARBOR - Michigan quarterback Tate Forcier put U-M on top 7-0 on Michigan's first possession of the game, and the rest of the Wolverines didn't look back. In total, Michigan piled on with 49 first half points, while holding Deleware State to three, and 727 yards of total offense against the undersized and overhwelmed Hornets.
The Wolverines finished the contest with 461 yards on the ground, led by freshman Vincent Smith, who rumbled for 166-yards and his first collegiate touchdown. End Brandon Graham, running back Michael Cox, tight end Martell Webb and receiver Kelvin Grady also added their first career touchdowns in the 56-point route.
"It really went the way we wanted it to as far as getting the first units a couple reps and getting a nice lead out there," Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez said. "Then we were able to get some of those young guys to play. It was as pleasing as anything to the team getting some of those fourth and fifth-year guys in there to get a chance to play a little bit. That really got them excited."
The Wolverines scored the first 49 points of the contest before a kick-off return gave Delaware State possession of the ball deep in Michigan territory.
Tate Forcier led the Wolverines first drive, and completed both pass attempts, before Michael Shaw scored from two yards out to give U-M all the points ultimately needed.
On Michigan's next offensive possession, the Wolverines went 72 yards, all coming on the ground, to add insurance. Smith capped the drive with his six-yard score near the middle of the first quarter.
Michigan added two more scores before the end of the quarter. Brandon Smith blocked a Hornets that Brandon Graham brought back for seven points, and, with three minutes left in the quarter, Robinson found Kelvin Grady open over the middle on a 38-yard touchdown pass.
"We got to let (Denard Robinson) throw a little bit and see the field. There are some things we can correct. We were a little late on some of our timing in the passing game, but at least he will get to see that on film."
Robinson engineered two more scores before leaving the game at halftime, a four-yard touchdown run on 3rd-and-goal to start the second quarter, plus another deep toss over the middle, this one to Martell Webb from 28-yards out, gave Michigan a commanding 42-0 lead.
Senior running back Kevin Grady added one more score in the final minutes of the half, this time capping an 83-yard drive led by Nick Sheridan, who finished 7-of-9 through the air.
"Nick knows the system very well. He's like a coach out there, and he's earned the right to play a little bit."
The Wolverines added two more touchdown runs in the second half, the first and second of Michael Cox's Michigan career. Cox, the Wolverines scout team back, found a seam from 57-yards out to put Michigan on top 56-6 in the fourth quarter. He then added one more from inside the five in the games final moments.
The Wolverines return to Big 10 action next Saturday, again at Michigan Stadium. Michigan hosts the Penn State Nittany Lions with a 3:30 p.m kick-off.
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