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Big 10: Michigan unloads on EMU

By Associated Press
Published September 18, 2005

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Michigan got over its setback against Notre Dame with a rout against Eastern Michigan.

Max Martin ran for two touchdowns, then Chad Henne threw two scores to Jason Avant as the 14th-ranked Wolverines tied a school record with 28 first-quarter points and went on to defeat the Eagles 55-0 Saturday.

"Coming off that loss, everybody expected that we would be down," Henne said. "We sparked everybody's eyes with the way we rebounded."

The Wolverines recorded their most lopsided win since beating Indiana 58-0 in 2000. They scored seven TDs and kicked two field goals on their first 10 possessions and shut out a team for the first time since a 38-0 victory over the Fighting Irish two years ago.

"It's always a plus (to get a shutout). It's more of a pride thing," linebacker Dave Harris said. "Every defensive player feels good and we'll get more momentum going into next week against a physical Wisconsin team."

The two-time defending Big Ten champion Wolverines begin conference play on the road against the Badgers.

"It's about to get a lot tougher," Michigan coach Lloyd Carr said. "I think we all understand that."

Not much was expected of the Eagles, but they were doomed when Steve Breaston returned their first punt 72 yards, and a bad snap on the next punt gave Michigan the ball at its 20.

"It was just so representative of, "We're playing at Michigan,' " Eastern Michigan coach Jeff Genyk said. "We did some things we just don't do."

The Eagles suffered their biggest loss since 56-0 at Wisconsin in 1994, but they did have to travel just 11 miles to make about $430,000.

After leading 38-0 at halftime, Michigan rested Henne, who was 13-of-19 for 147 yards with three TD passes. Avant made eight receptions for 93 yards and two scores.

Martin, starting in place of the injured Mike Hart (hamstring), had career highs with 117 yards rushing and two TDs.

No. 9 Ohio St. 27, San Diego St. 6

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Santonio Holmes' punt returns set up Troy Smith's two first-half touchdown runs to help the Buckeyes shake off their Texas hangover.

Ohio State, which lost 25-22 to No. 2 Texas last week before a record home crowd, took a while to find its bearings and trailed 6-0 11 seconds into the game. The Buckeyes moved in fits and starts throughout.

But spurred on by a relentless defense and mistakes by the Aztecs, they were never seriously challenged.

No. 22 Iowa 45, N. Iowa 21

IOWA CITY, Iowa - Drew Tate returned from a concussion to throw two touchdowns and Albert Young ran for two scores, leading the Hawkeyes.

In tying a school record with its 20th straight win at home, Iowa got some confidence back after a 23-3 loss at Iowa State, something the Hawkeyes considered essential with their Big Ten opener at Ohio State looming next Saturday.

The Panthers, one of the top Division I-AA programs, got to test themselves against a major I-A team, and the university collected a $325,000 guarantee.

Tate showed no problems from the concussion that knocked him out of the Iowa State game, completing 15 of 18 passes for 247 yards and no interceptions.

PENN ST. 40, CENT. MICH. 3: Michael Robinson threw three touchdowns and ran for one to lead a well-balanced attack that supported a swarming defense for the host Nittany Lions. Robinson was 14-for-23 for 274 yards and the offense dominated the Chippewas, who had allowed an average of 454 yards and 28 points in their first two games.

INDIANA 38, KENTUCKY 14: Chris Taylor ran for a career-high 176 yards and Blake Powers threw four touchdowns as the host Hoosiers ended a three-game losing streak to the Wildcats. Indiana is 3-0 for the first time since 1994, and coach Terry Hoeppner became the first Hoosiers coach to debut with three wins since James Sheldon in 1905.

MINNESOTA 46, FAU 7: Laurence Maroney rushed for 145 yards and two touchdowns and caught a score to lead the host Golden Gophers. Minnesota had 579 yards, and its power running game and physical defense were simply too much for an Owls team in its second season in Division I-A.

[Last modified September 18, 2005, 02:15:36]


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