ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Denard Robinson was all business before taking an early seat against Massachusetts and looking ahead to Notre Dame next week.
The Michigan quarterback put up 397 yards of total offense and accounted for four touchdowns in limited duty as No. 17 Michigan routed Massachusetts 63-13 Saturday.
Robinson, who came out of the game with Michigan (2-1) leading 56-13 late in the third quarter, rushed for 106 yards and a touchdown and completed 16-of-24 passes for 291 yards and three scores.
"We needed to get a good win before Notre Dame next week," Robinson said. "We knew we needed to get better before that game."
Michigan led 42-13 at halftime, but Robinson stayed in to lead two more drives. Both resulted in touchdowns, at which point Robinson got the afternoon off to watch Russell Bellomy finish the game.
"We're trying to develop a championship mentality with this team, and a lot of that comes from your offense," Hoke said. "We wanted to keep them on the field together as a unit and let them finish things off."
Tailback Fitzgerald Toussaint, who missed Michigan's opener due to suspension and then carried for just seven yards against Air Force, had 85 yards and a touchdown against the Minutemen. That wasn't enough for Hoke, though.
"There were a few plays where I wanted him to put his foot into the ground and make more vertical plays," he said. "But it is hard for your running backs to be playmakers when you don't block for them. We're still not moving the offensive line the way we need to do."
Former Wolverine Michael Cox, now a grad student at UMass, led the Minutemen (0-3) with 76 yards rushing, but Michigan finished the game with a 585-259 edge in yardage.
"It was weird being on that side of the field and going to the visitor's locker room," Cox said. "But it meant a lot to come back here and see so many good friends."
It was a much different outcome than two years ago, when UMass, then still a FCS member, took Rich Rodriguez's Michigan to the wire before losing 42-37. The Minutemen are now in their first season as an FBS member, and have been outscored by an average of 48-6 in their three losses.