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Michigan’s Gardner-Funchess combo going off on App State

Devin Funchess

It doesn’t appear a replay of the 2007 nightmare is in the offing for Michigan.

At the end of the first half in Ann Arbor, the Wolverines are up on transitioning-into-FBS Appalachian State 35-0.  The first three of those five UM touchdowns came from the right arm of quarterback Devin Gardner to the hands of wide receiver Devin Funchess.

Gardner has completed 11 of his 12 passes for 153 yards.  Funchess, wearing his new jersey number well, has seven catches for 93 yards in the first half.

Additionally, sophomore running back Derrick Green, a five-star member of UM’s 2013 recruiting class, has rushed for 85 yards on eight carries.  Green’s backup, De’Veon Smith, has been even more productive in rushing for 99 yards on just six carries.

Defensively, the Wolverines have held the Mountaineers to just 74 yards of total offense — UM has 334 — and have not allowed a third-down conversion (0-8).  ASU has just four-first-half first downs, and went three-and-out on six of their first seven drives.

Appalachian State, which stunned Michigan seven years ago in the Big House, was 4-8 last year and is in its first season as a member of the Sun Belt Conference.

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4 Responses to “Michigan’s Gardner-Funchess combo going off on App State”
  1. mtheparrothead says: Aug 30, 2014 2:16 PM

    Meanwhile the buckeyes struggle with a gse (gubmt sponsored entity). I think urban might be getting sick and needs a year off to tend to his illness.

  2. bonnovi says: Aug 30, 2014 3:14 PM

    My least favorite entities are the ones sponsored by the “gubmt”.

  3. polegojim says: Aug 30, 2014 4:07 PM

    Not too much celebration here, that is the kind of business Michigan needs to take care of. That is what SHOULD have happened.

    Go BLUE!

  4. tigersfandan says: Aug 31, 2014 3:51 PM

    Good coaching, good playing. I don’t care who the opponent was, it’s always good to perform well.

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