No. 17 Michigan got things started off the right way against the Massachusetts Minutemen on Saturday. The unranked Minutemen were unable to stop the Wolverines from scoring on their first offensive. Michigan notched two first downs before Denard Robinson hit Devin Funchess for a 26-yard touchdown pass. A Brendan Gibbons extra point gave Michigan a 7-0 lead, which they'd double before the second quarter came around.
UMass got off to a poor start, beginning their first possession with a holding penalty, followed by a 3-and-out. They did manage to force Michigan to punt on the next possession -- before going 3-and-out again. Michigan wouldn't be deterred for long though, orchestrating an eight-play, 45-yard drive capped off with a Fitzgerald Toussaint touchdown rush to take a 14-0 lead into the second quarter.
The Minutemen started to put a drive together near the end of the first though. A 3rd and 11 was converted on a Mike Wegzyn 16-yard rush, which was followed by a 14-yard rush by Michael Cox for another first down. Wegzyn passed to Tajae Sharpe for 22 yards on the very next play to bring the ball to the Michigan 13 for yet another first down. The quarter came to an end there.