Central Michigan vs. Michigan: Week 1

Central Michigan travels to The Big House in Ann Arbor for Week 1. Check back here for all your updates and information about the game.

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Chippewas Suffer 50-Point Loss to Michigan

It was not a pretty day in Ann Arbor for Central Michigan, but it's just one game. Eleven more remain for the Chippewas to try to make a run at another bowl game.


FINAL -- Michigan 59, Central Michigan 9

Michigan beat Central Michigan today in Ann Arbor, 59-9.

UM outgained CMU by a count of 463-210, including 242-66 on the ground.  For the Chippewas, Alex Niznak was 11/22 for 131 yards and a pick.  Their leading rusher was Saylor Lavallii, who ran for 52 yards on ten carries.  Andrew Flory, with four catches and 79 yards, was the leading receiver; Titus Davis had only the two catches and 28 yards that he took in at the end of the first half.

Perhaps the brightest spot was Central Michigan's three interceptions on defense that ultimately helped the team score six of their nine points.

We'll have a complete recap later tonight.  Central Michigan's next game is next week at home against FCS-member New Hampshire.


Central Michigan vs. Michigan: Early 4th Quarter

Not much to add here.  Michigan scored 21 points in the third quarter.  Central Michigan just added a field goal after a long drive to cut the Wolverine lead to 47 points.

Not the best day for the Chippewas.  Back at the end of the game...


Central Michigan vs. Michigan: Halftime Update

If it weren't for a couple of interceptions that led to two field goals, this game would be a total loss for Central Michigan.  As it is, the Chippewas goal in the second half will be to merely make this contest respectable.

Michigan leads Central Michigan at halftime, 35-6.

After CMU turned Devin Gardner's second interception into another field goal, the Wolverines went on a six-minute drive that covered 76 yards over 11 plays.  The drive was helped immensely by a Central Michigan personal foul on Louis Palmer that gave Michigan an automatic first down after a failed third down try.  Seven plays after that penalty, Gardner threw a 14-yard pass to Jeremy Gallon for a touchdown and a 28-6 lead.

The Chippewas took over with 2:04 left in the half and, three plays later, were at Michigan's 45 yard line.  Alex Niznak proceeded to throw an interception to Raymon Taylor, who returned the ball 54 yards to the CMU 12.  After a false start to begin their possession, Michigan scored in three plays when Gardner ran into the end zone from four yards out.  The extra point gave UM the current 35-6 margin.

Michigan has outgained CMU 243-139.  Gardner is 8/13 for 100 yards, 1 TD and 2 INT.  Niznak is 4/12 for 58 yards and an INT.  CMU's Cody Kater also played and is 2/6 for 13 yards.  Gardner leads Michigan rushers with 52 yards, while Fitzgerald Toussaint has 44.  CMU's Saylor Lavallii has seven carries for 45 yards.  Zurlon Tipton had four carries for ten yards before leaving with a leg injury.  For receivers, Gallon has 47 yards on four catches while Drew Dileo also has 43 yards for Michigan.  For CMU, Titus Davis has two catches for 28 yards, both coming at the end of the half.


Central Michigan vs. Michigan: Tipton Out for Game

Quick update...

The Big Ten Network just reported that Central Michigan running back Zurlon Tipton is out for the remainder of today's game with a lower right leg injury.  No more details were given.

Tipton's total for today's game is four carries for ten yards; his longest run was seven yards.

CMU just cut Michigan's lead to 21-6 after converting another Devin Gardner interception into a field goal.

More at halftime...


Central Michigan vs. Michigan: Early 2nd Quarter

With the exception of one very well-timed interception, it was not a good first quarter for Central Michigan at the Big House.

One play into the second quarter, Michigan leads the Chippewas 21-3.

CMU totaled just 23 yards during the first 15 minutes, and their field goal came only after that well-timed interception.  The Chips went 3-and-out on their second possession and punted deep into Michigan territory, where the ball was downed inside the 10-yard line.  Two plays later, Jarret Chapman intercepted a Devin Gardner pass.  CMU was unable to punch the ball into the end zone from the 6 and had to settle for the field goal.

Michigan's first touchdown came on a blocked punt that was returned for Joe Reynolds for 30 yards.  After the CMU field goal, they drove 77 yards in six plays for a touchdown.  The drive was capped by a Gardner 22-yard run.  The Wolverines' most recent TD came on a 73-yard drive that culminated with a one-yard run by Fitzgerald Toussaint.

Michigan has 165 yards of total offense thus far.


CMU v Michigan Preview: Q&A With Maize n Brew

Central Michigan travels to The Big House in Ann Arbor this weekend, we look at some of the biggest questions facing the Wolverines heading into the game, and this season.

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