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Michigan 63, Massachusetts 13

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Michigan used big plays and the surge of offensive electricity provided by senior quarterback Denard Robinson to overwhelm Massachusetts 63-13 on Saturday.

Robinson, who led Michigan to six offensive touchdowns in the first half alone, accounted for almost 400 yards of offense in three quarters.

He passed for 291 yards and three touchdowns while carrying the ball 10 times for another 105 yards and a fourth touchdown. He hit on 16 of 24 passes and had one interception.

The Wolverines (2-1) took the opening kickoff and moved 65 yards in only five plays, with Robinson linking up with freshman tight end Devin Funchess on a 26-yard touchdown pass. Brendan Gibbons' kick gave the Wolverines a 7-0 lead just over two minutes into the game.

Michigan, which made no secret of its commitment to use junior running back Fitzgerald Toussaint to take some of the rushing load off Robinson, got an 11-yard scoring run from Toussaint late in the first quarter to push the lead to 14-0.

The Minutemen, who had managed just six points total in their first two games this season, put together their best drive of this campaign by moving into Michigan territory as the first quarter ended. UMass settled for a 25-yard Brendon Levengood field goal to end the 13-play, 66-yard march that cut Michigan's lead to 14-3.

Robinson took just two plays to answer, hitting wide receiver Drew Dileo for 66 yards before Vincent Smith carried the ball in from five yards out, stretching Michigan's lead to 21-3.

UMass (0-3) closed to 21-10 with about 10 minutes left in the first half when Christian Birt picked off Robinson and returned it 32 yards for a touchdown, but Michigan quickly added scores on a 42-yard pass from Robinson to Devin Gardner and a 36-yard run by Robinson.

After a 32-yard Levengood field goal cut the margin to 35-13, Robinson raced his team down the field in the closing moments of the half. When Michigan offensive lineman Taylor Lewan recovered a Robinson fumble and flopped into the end zone, the lead was 42-13 at the break.

Robinson directed two third-quarter scoring drives, hitting Roy Roundtree for an 18-yard touchdown and handing the ball to Smith for a nine-yard score and a 56-13 lead.

Justice Hayes added a fourth-quarter Michigan TD on a short run after UMass fumbled away a punt return.

Notes: Michigan QB Denard Robinson moved past Tom Brady on the Wolverines' career passing yardage list. ... UMass starting RB Michael Cox played three seasons at Michigan as an undergrad, but the Dorchester, Mass., native moved closer to home for grad school and was eligible to play right away. ... Former walk-on safety Jordan Kovacs made his 36th start for Michigan. ... Robinson connected with nine different receivers. ... The Minutemen, playing their second season in FBS, have been outscored 145-19 in the first three games of the season.
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