Michigan routs Appalachian State 52-14 in rematch

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Devin Gardner threw three touchdown passes to Devin Funchess in the first half and Michigan went on to rout Appalachian State 52-14 in the season opener on Saturday, seven years after being on the losing end of perhaps the biggest upset in college football history.

In this Sept. 1, 2007, file photo, Appalachian State coach Jerry Moore is carried off the field at Michigan Stadium by his players after they upset No. 5 Michigan 34-32 in an NCAA college football game in Ann Arbor, Mich. Michigan is opening its 2014 season with Appalachian State this week, rekindling flashbacks to the day the Wolverines were on the wrong end of one of the biggest upsets in college football history. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson, File)The Associated Press

ANN ARBOR, Mich.--- Devin Gardner threw three touchdown passes to Devin Funchess in the first half and Michigan went on to rout Appalachian State 52-14 in the season opener on Saturday, seven years after being on the losing end of perhaps the biggest upset in college football history.

The Wolverines coasted to victory after Gardner threw TD passes to Funchess on their first two drives, and connected with him for a third score late in the first half to give them a 21-0 lead.

The Mountaineers matched Michigan's game-opening TD the first time they had the ball in 2007 and in a closely contested game, they became the first second-tier program to beat a Top 25 team after blocking a field goal as time expired.

There wasn't much drama in the rematch.

Next week, though, might be suspenseful when the Wolverines go to Notre Dame.


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