Wolverines Open Season With 30-10 Win

Michigan opened the newly renovated Big House with a Saturday matinee against the UConn Huskies in Ann Arbor. UM jumped on top 21-10 in the opening half, then outscored the visiting Huskies 9-0 in the final two quarters in picking up a 30-10 win in week one.

ANN ARBOR – In front of a record crowd of 113,090, it was Denard Robinson that stole the show Saturday afternoon at Michigan Stadium.

Starting for the first time in his collegiate career, Robinson, who played sparingly as a freshman last season, carried the Michigan offense to the tune of 197 yards and one touchdown on the ground, plus added 186 and a second score through the air.

Running back Vincent Smith scored a pair of touchdowns for the Wolverines, a 12-yard run in the first quarter plus an 11-yard screen early in the fourth, as the Wolverines coasted to a 30-10 win over the visiting UConn Huskies in the 2010 opener.

"I'm really proud of the guys. They stayed focused over the last nine months. We had a great training camp. I could tell last night looking in their eyes they were really excited to play. The crowd was just terrific – 113,000 – unbelievable. It got our players excited too. If you're a recruit and you see that – 113,000 with a great atmosphere – I would think that you'd want to come to Michigan," said Rich Rodriguez.

Michigan scored touchdowns on three of its first four possessions to open up a 21-0 lead just minutes into the second quarter. On the opening drive of the season, Robinson guided the Maize and Blue 96-yards for a score. Racking up 48 yards rushing on the drive, Robinson also found Darryl Stonum and Kevin Koger for key completions before Vincent Smith took a hand-off up the middle for a 12-yard score.

Connecticut threatened to cut into that Michigan lead with a field goal attempt, but a leaping Cameron Gordon blocked the UConn kick giving the ball back to the Wolverines. Minutes later Robinson found a seam for a 32-yard touchdown run.

"He was composed and poised the whole day. He was in command, and we ran him. We have other quarterbacks that can play too, but Denard certainly took the lead today and did a great job."

Michigan added one more touchdown in the second quarter after swirling wind caught a Cole Wagner punt that netted just five yards. Michael Shaw finished the drive with a three-yard run with 9:12 left in the second quarter.

UConn chipped into the lead with 10 points late in the half. Dave Teggart made good on his second field goal attempt, a 32-yarder from the left hash, and Jordan Todman found the end zone with just 17-seconds left in the period on a fourth down run from two yards out.

In the second half the Huskies threatened to pull within a score late in the third quarter. After Brendan Gibbons connected on a 24-yard field goal on Michigan's first possession of the final half, the Huskies moved deep inside Michigan territory. After crossing the first down marker on fourth down, though, running back D.J. Shoemate put the ball on the ground after taking a J.T. Floyd hit. Obi Ezeh recovered the ball for the Wolverines, and UConn wouldn't threaten again.

Smith added a second touchdown in the start of the fourth quarter, this time coming on a screen pass from Robinson.

With the win the Wolverines open the season with a 1-0 for the second straight season under Rich Rodriguez. Michigan travels to South Bend, Ind., next Saturday in attempt to get to 2-0. Michigan upended Notre Dame with a late Greg Mathews touchdown catch in last season's showdown with the Irish.

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