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Wolverines Blast Chippewas 59-9 In Opening Game

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Devin Gardner #12 of the Michigan Wolverines runs for a first quarter touchdown past Louis Palmer #56 of the Central Michigan Chippewas at Michigan Stadium on August 31, 2013 (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Devin Gardner #12 of the Michigan Wolverines runs for a first quarter touchdown past Louis Palmer #56 of the Central Michigan Chippewas at Michigan Stadium on August 31, 2013 (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

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By LARRY LAGE/AP Sports Writer

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) – Devin Gardner ran for two touchdowns and threw for another in the first half as No. 17 Michigan went on to beat Central Michigan 59-9 in college football.

It was the highest-scoring opener for the Wolverines (1-0) since 1905, when they beat Ohio Wesleyan 65-0. They will face a tougher test against No. 14 Notre Dame next week at home in a prime-time game.

The Chippewas (0-1) fell behind 35-6 at halftime Saturday. After they gave up five straight TDs, Ron Coluzzi’s third field goal made it 56-9 with 3:12 left in the game.

Gardner was 10 of 15 for 162 yards with a 16-yard TD pass to Jeremy Gallon and two interceptions. He ran for a 22-yard score midway through the first quarter when Michigan led by just four points and had a 4-yard TD on the ground late in the first half.

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