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Posted on Sat, Oct 17, 2009 : 11:28 a.m.

The rout is over: Michigan tops Delaware State, 63-6

By Jim Knight

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Michigan defensive tackle Ryan Van Bergen (53) celebrates with defensive end Brandon Graham after Graham's recovered a block punt and scored a first-quarter touchdown against Delaware State. (Photo: Melanie Maxwell |

Michigan 63, Delaware State 6: Mike Cox scored on a 3-yard run, his second touchdown of the game. Michigan, with 2 minutes, 51 seconds left in the game, has 721 yards of total offense, a team record. Michigan had 715 yards against Mississippi in the 1991 Gator Bowl. Michigan, now 5-2 overall, finished the game with 727 total yards and averaged 10.1 yards per play.

Michigan 56, Delaware State 6: Cox ran 57 yards for his first collegiate touchdown as Michigan extended its lead. Other Michigan players scoring today for the first time in their careers: Vincent Smith, Brandon Graham, Martell Webb and Kelvin Grady.

Michigan 49, Delaware State 6: Riley Flickinger kicked his second field goal of the game, a 24-yarder as Delaware State scored the first points of the second half. Flickinger’s field goal capped a 10-play, 76-yard drive.

Third-quarter: It was a scoreless third quarter as Michigan took its foot off the gas on both offense and defense. Fans lined the aisles at the beginning of the fourth quarter, preparing to leave the stadium.

Michigan 49, Delaware State 3: Flickinger kicked a 26-yard field goal as Delaware State ended Michigan’s bid for a shutout with 57 seconds left in the first half. Michigan has 442 total yards of offense, a first-half record for the Wolverines. Michigan had 412 first-half yards against Wisconsin in 1988.

Michigan 49, Delaware State 0: Third-string quarterback Nick Sheridan of Saline led an 83-yard, eight-play drive capped by a 7-yard touchdown run by Kevin Grady.

Michigan 42, Delaware State 0: A wide-open tight end Martell Webb caught a 28-yard touchdown pass from Denard Robinson as the mismatch continued. With 7 minutes, 19 seconds to play in the first half, Michigan had a 327-39 edge in total yards. With just over six minutes to play, backup quarterbacks Sheridan and David Cone played catch on the sideline and Sheridan wore his helmet. Sheridan took the field on the next series.

Michigan 35, Delaware State 0: Robinson scampered 3 yards up the middle as Michigan continued to build on its rout of Delaware State in the second quarter. The score was set up by Vincent Smith’s 37-yard run five plays earlier. The drive covered 87 yards in eight plays.

First-quarter numbers: Michigan had 11 first downs to Delaware State's one. The Hornets were held to 20 yards of offense and Michigan gained 199.


Michigan fan Kathy Hibner of Indianapolis takes pictures of the Michigan marching band during pregame action. (Photo: Lon Horwedel |

Michigan 28, Delaware State 0: Robinson found a wide-open Kelvin Grady down the middle of the field for a 38-yard touchdown pass as Michigan took a four-touchdown lead with 3 minutes, 12 seconds to play in the first quarter.

Michigan 21, Delaware State 0: A blocked punt by Michigan's Brandon Smith was recovered by Brandon Graham, who jogged 2 yards into the end zone for Michigan’s third touchdown of the first quarter. With just over 7 minutes left in the first quarter, Delaware State has 7 yards of total offense.

Michigan 14, Delaware State 0: Smith scored on a 6-yard as Michigan added to its first-quarter lead. Smith's touchdown completed a 72-yard, seven-play drive led by Robinson and running back Michael Shaw. Robinson ran three times for 31 yards on the drive, and Shaw ran twice for 24 yards.

Michigan 7, Delaware State 0: Shaw, a sophomore, scored on a 2-yard run as the Michigan football team scored on its first drive to take a 7-0 lead against Delaware State. Michigan, with freshman Tate Forcier at quarterback, went 45 yards on five plays on the drive.

Pregame: Forcier is on the field, warming up as the Michigan football team prepares to take on visiting Delaware State at noon today. Forcier is battling a sore shoulder and had headaches after last week's game at Iowa. He is expected to start today.

Senior running back Carlos Brown will not play today after suffering a concussion in practice the week before the Iowa game.

It's a cool and dry day, which means it's much better than Penn State, where they banned tailgating today because of snow. It's going to be a smaller-than-normal crowd in the student section because the university is on a break. Official attendance, announced at halftime: 106,304.

We'll provide updates throughout the game, and be sure to check out our live chat, led by Pete Bigelow and Michael Rothstein.

After the game, we'll have stories, a photo galleries, videos from the press conference and a Big Ten Network highlights package.



Sun, Oct 18, 2009 : 1:17 a.m.

OSUbetter is non other than our favorite troll from mlive! This is the beginning of the implosion for sweater vest and OSU. After the Purdue loss, OSU confidence will hit rock bottom. UM will lay a smack down on them in A**2! Try UM 38 OSU 16. Pryor will be crying after the game saying, I should have went to Michigan!


Sat, Oct 17, 2009 : 3:06 p.m.

I would have liked to see more of Cone. He didn't look to bad for the little bit he played.


Sat, Oct 17, 2009 : 2:38 p.m.

That first post (yes you osubebetter) just tells you how delusional and insecure osu fans are. To be posting on a UM site while your team lost today is just priceless. Why don't you at least ask UM fans some tough questions such as: Why is our QB terrible? Or, is Tressel finally losing his grasp over the b10? Worry about your own schedule Obe, because after today, you should be. Go Blue!


Sat, Oct 17, 2009 : 2:30 p.m.

OSUbeBetter Michigan played a 1-5 team. Ohio State played a 1-5 team...Hoow did that work out for Go Blue


Sat, Oct 17, 2009 : 2:23 p.m.

On to the game, I'm glad to see Michigan played defense. Granted, it was against a totally inferior team, but at least they shut them down like the inferior team they are. I believe firmly that defense wins championships and I'm happy to see it whenever I can. I'm also happy to see that Robinson played very well at QB, Sheridan was on target, and David Cone got into the game. If for no other reason, it's okay to play these kinds of games to give everyone a chance to play. Go Blue!


Sat, Oct 17, 2009 : 2:19 p.m.

OSUbeBetter, NOT than Purdue!!!


Sat, Oct 17, 2009 : 1:24 p.m.

What a Fricking Joke. You should be ashamed of yourselves for playing this team. anything to have another home game is ok with the mich athletic department i guess. i hope you score a hundred points today, just so everyone knows what kind of a bull crap team this is. Shame shame.