Six rushing touchdowns is pure University of Michigan football, especially when it’s the running backs scampering with the ball most of the time.
SMichigan 59-9 victory over Central Michigan University on Saturday signaled the start of the post-Denard Robinson era, when the quarterback was not only the most most dangerous offensive weapon on the field, but was also unfortunately the only weapon.
But for coach Brady Hoke, it was fun to watch the running game take advantage of its opportunities and spark the Wolverines to a big day.
The first touchdown came on a blocked punt by Dymont Thomas and a 29-yard return by Joe Reynolds, and that’s also encouraging for the Michigan coaches. When special teams show they’re capable of putting points on the board, even if it’s against a mediocre NCAA football opponent like Central, that’s extremely encouraging.
Devin Gardner had a decent day at quarterback although far from perfect, he ran for two touchdowns and was 10-of-15 in passing for 162 yards. But, he also had two interceptions, which isn’t good against a MAC opponent.
The running attack did fine, although Derrick Green led all Michigan rushers with only 58 yards. Fitz Toussaint had a touchdown plus 57 yards, and is the back that the Wolverines expect to get the tough yards against the likes of Notre Dame. The ground game had a respectable 242 yards.
Michigan dominated the game on both sides of the line as it should with a 463-210 advantage in yards.