ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- Devin Gardner did enough with his right arm and legs to help No. 17 Michigan have its best day offensively in more than a century during an opener, routing Central Michigan 59-9 Saturday.
It was the highest-scoring opening game for the Wolverines (1-0) since 1905, when they beat Ohio Wesleyan 65-0.
"That's pretty impressive," Michigan offensive tackle Michael Schofield said. "That's pretty good.
"It's a good start, I guess."
It might not help the Wolverines, though, next week when they face a tougher test against No. 14 Notre Dame in a prime-time game at the Big House.
The Chippewas (0-1) fell behind 35-6 at halftime after losing two key players.
Quarterback Cody Kater broke a clavicle and running back Zurlon Tipton broke an ankle.
"Not a good start for the Chips," coach Dan Enos said.
And, it didn't get much better for the Mid-American Conference team because it gave up five straight TDs from midway through the second quarter until before Ron Coluzzi's third field goal made it 56-9.
Kater was 2 of 6 for 13 yards and Alex Niznak replaced him, completing 11 of 22 passes for 131 yards with an interception.
"I made a couple mistakes, but the moment wasn't too big for me," said Niznak, who was sacked four times.
Tipton ran for 10 yards on four carries, getting shut down during three series as Michigan focused on him because he ran for nearly 1,500 yards last season. Saylor Lavallii played in place of Tipton and had 52 yards rushing on 10 attempts.
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.
The rout allowed Michigan to give freshman Shane Morris playing time, a potentially valuable experience in case Gardner gets injured this season. A lot of other players also made their debut during the lopsided game.
Michigan's Fitzgerald Toussaint completed a successful comeback, running for 57 yards and two TDs in his first game since breaking his left leg last November against Iowa.
Michigan announced a couple hours before kickoff that starting safety Thomas Gordon was suspended for one game for an unspecified violation of team rules, but the punishment will not prevent him from playing the rival Fighting Irish.