ANN ARBOR (WKZO)- Michigan made this game look a lot easier than it did during their past two victories as they were able to roll past Minnesota 42-13.
It started off well for Michigan as they were able to force an early fumble on Minnesota quarterback Mitch Leidner. The Wolverines recovered and were able to march down the short field as Fitzgerald Toussaint was able to run the ball from eight yards out for the touchdown to give them an early 7-0 lead.
Minnesota got the ball back and moved the ball down the field on a 16 play drive where they ran the ball 12 times. The drive lasted 9:44 and was capped off on a 7-yard touchdown pass from Leidner to Maxx Willams to tie the game at 7-7.
Minnestota was without Head Coach Jerry Kill as he suffered a seizure Saturday morning. Defensive Coordinator Tracy Claeys served as the acting coach.
Michigan got the ball right back before the end of the first half and drove the ball downfield as Devin Gardner hit Devin Funchess with a 24-yard touchdown pass to give them a 14-7 halftime lead.
Then Michigan added another touchdown on the first drive of the second half as Derrick Green punched it in from 2 yards to extend the lead to 21-7. Minnesota added a field goal before Michigan went down and again scored a touchdown. This time from 12 yards out from Toussaint to give Michigan a 28-10 lead.
Minnesota added another field goal to make the game 28-13, but then Michigan drove the ball down the field for a game clinching drive making the score 35-13 on a Gardner 2-yard TD run. Then Michigan put the icing on the cake when Blake Countess intercepted Leidner and returned it 72-yards for a touchdown making it 42-13 Michigan.
Gardner went 13-17 for 235 yards passing and one touchdown. Gardner Rushed for another 17 yards and a touchdown. Toussaint had 17 carries for 78 yards and 2 TDs. Funchess had seven catches for 151 yards and one TD.
Michigan improves to 5-0 (1-0 Big Ten). They play Penn State 3-2 (0-1 Big Ten) next Saturday. Broadcast time is at 4 pm on 1660 the Fan.