Top 25 football • Denard Robinson led the Wolverines in a rout.
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. • Denard Robinson put up 397 yards on offense and accounted for four touchdowns in No. 17 Michigan's 63-13 rout of Massachusetts on Saturday.
Robinson, who came out of the game with Michigan (2-1) leading 56-13 late in the third quarter, rushed for 106 yards and a touchdown and completed 16 of 24 passes for 291 yards and three scores. Tailback Fitzgerald Toussaint, who missed Michigan's opener due to suspension then carried for just seven yards against Air Force, had 85 yards and a touchdown against the Minutemen.
Former Wolverine Michael Cox, now a grad student at UMass, led the Minutemen (0-3) with 76 yards rushing, but Michigan finished the game with a 585 to 259 edge in yardage.
It was a much different outcome than two years ago, when UMass, then still an FCS member, took Rich Rodriguez's Michigan to the wire before losing 42-37. The Minutemen now are in their first season as an FBS member and have been outscored by an average of 48-6 in their three losses.
This time, the Wolverines scored early and often, starting with Robinson's 26-yard TD pass to freshman tight end Devin Funchess on the game's opening drive. After a punt on the second drive Michigan's only punt before Robinson left the game Toussaint sprinted around left end on an 11-yard score to make it 14-0.
The Minutemen put together a nice drive that spanned the first and second quarters but stalled inside the 10 and had to settle for a 25-yard field goal. On the next play from scrimmage, Robinson hit Drew Dileo for a 66-yard pass, setting up Vincent Smith's five-yard run.