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Michigan routs Appalachian State 52-14 in rematch

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 30, 2014 at 4:35 pm •  Published: August 30, 2014

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan quickly took the intrigue out of its rematch with Appalachian State.

Devin Gardner threw three touchdown passes to Devin Funchess in the first half and the Wolverines went on to rout the Mountaineers 52-14 Saturday, seven years after being on the losing end of perhaps the biggest upset in college football history.

While they downplayed how much of a factor the last meeting was earlier in the week, running back Derrick Green acknowledged it motivated him and his teammates.

"Just to get some revenge and payback," Green said.

Appalachian State matched the Wolverines' game-opening TD the first time it had the ball in 2007 and in a closely contested game, the North Carolina-based school became the first second-tier program to beat a Top 25 team after blocking a field goal as time expired.

There wasn't much drama in the rematch.

Mountaineers coach Scott Satterfield did not seem surprised.

"You know they've been hearing about it all summer long," he said.

Next week, though, should be more suspenseful when the Wolverines go to Notre Dame.

The prime-time game is the last scheduled matchup between the storied programs because the Fighting Irish cancelled the last three games of the contract. Notre Dame wanted more flexibility with their schedules because they are beginning to play a handful of games against Atlantic Coast Conference schools this year.

"It's almost like a slap in the face," Michigan defensive end Frank Clark said.

The Mountaineers played their first game at the highest level of college football as a member of the Sun Belt Conference on Saturday at the Big House, and found out how far they have to go to compete with major programs.

"We're going to learn from this," Satterfield said. "We knew we would have to play near-perfect football."

Appalachian State simply could not match up well with Funchess, who became the first Wolverine to catch three TD passes in an opener. The 6-foot-4, 230-Funchess is lining up as a wide receiver after primarily playing tight end his first two seasons.

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