AP Sports Writer
ANN ARBOR (AP) — Wilton Speight threw two of his four touchdown passes to Jake Butt and Khalid Hill ran for two scores, helping No. 5 Michigan rout Central Florida 51-14 Saturday.
The Wolverines (2-0) have won their first two games by a combined total of 97 points.
The Knights (1-1) got off to a relatively good start before getting blown out. They ran for a first down on the first snap and forced Michigan to punt after its first three plays.
UCF had a chance to pull within three points with 6-plus minutes left in the first quarter, but Chris Wormley blocked a kick for the Wolverines and a few minutes later they were up 14-0.
Butt’s second TD reception early in the second quarter gave Michigan a 31-0 lead.
Hill, a 6-foot, 2, 263-pound fullback, plunged into the end zone for his second score early in the third to pad the Wolverines’ lead to 41-7 and they didn’t have trouble keeping the comfortable cushion.
UCF: The Knights might need a new quarterback to run Scott Frost’s no-huddle offense. Justin Holman landed awkwardly at the end of a run in the first half, walked off the field gingerly after an evaluation and didn’t return to play. Nick Patti replaced Holman.
Michigan: The Wolverines will have something to work on this week despite another lopsided win. They struggled to run the ball with either De’Veon Smith or Chris Evans, forcing them to hand off to Hill and wide receiver Eddie McDoom to move the ball on the ground. And, they allowed UCF to score on 87- and 34-yard runs.
UCF: The Knights host Maryland, the second Big Ten school to play at UCF and the first since Purdue in 1999.
Michigan: Rekindling memories of a dramatic finish, the Wolverines will play Colorado at home. Kordell Stewart lifted the Buffalos to a 27-26 win in the Big House on Sept. 24, 1994, with a 64-yard Hail Mary to Michael Westbrook on the last play of the game.
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