The University of Michigan entered the 2014 season with a chip on their shoulder, and a bad taste in their mouth from the previous season. That taste was rinsed out early against Appalachian State on Saturday.
Michigan came into the game with a lot of questions, but some were answered early. The offensive line looked good, and the running backs did as well. But both took a backseat to what the combination of Devin Funchess and Devin Gardner did on the field.
Funchess had three touchdown receptions in the first half alone, and had 95 yards receiving by halftime as well. He is the first Michigan receiver to have three touchdowns or more in a season opener, and proved deserving of his newest jersey number— the heavily coveted number 1 jersey. Funchess finished the game with 95 yards receiving and 3 touchdowns on 7 receptions. Gardner finished with 3 touchdowns and 173 yards through the air.
De’Veon Smith and Derrick Green helped clear up questions about the running game, as the combination exploded for a combined 285 yards rushing and 3 touchdowns. Green looked explosive, and Smith looked to be right there with him on the day, but there is much more time to determine which is deserving of the starting running back job. The tandem is the first to rush for 100 yards each in a single game since 2007. Green lead the team with 170 yards rushing.
Michigan also blocked a punt that was scooped up for a touchdown by Ben Gedeon, and Michigan finally exorcised their demons by burying Appalachian State very early.
The Wolverines ended up winning 52-14.
Michigan will take on Notre Dame September 6th, 2014 at 7:30pm EST