ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Max Martin ran for two touchdowns, then Chad Henne threw two TD passes to Jason Avant as No. 14 Michigan tied a school record with 28 points in the first quarter and went on to roll over Eastern Michigan 55-0 Saturday.

A week after losing to Notre Dame, the Wolverines (2-1) recorded their most lopsided win since beating Indiana 58-0 in 2000. They led 54-0 early in the fourth quarter after scoring on nine of 10 possessions and shut out a team for the first time since a 38-0 victory over the Fighting Irish two years ago.

Not much was expected of the Eagles, but they were doomed when Steve Breaston returned their first punt 72 yards and a bad snap on the next punt gave Michigan the ball at their 20. They were handed their biggest loss since a 56-0 setback at Wisconsin in 1994.

Eastern Michigan did, however, have to travel just 11 miles to make about $430,000.

The two-time defending Big Ten champion Wolverines begin conference play next week at Wisconsin while the Eagles play their first Mid-American Conference game at Central Michigan.

After leading 38-0 at halftime, Michigan rested Henne, who was 13-of-19 for 147 yards with three TD passes.

Martin, starting in place of the injured Mike Hart (hamstring), had career highs with 117 yards rushing and two TDs. Avant made eight receptions for 93 yards and two TDs.

Eastern Michigan’s Matt Bohnet, who transferred from Iowa two years ago, was 13-of-25 for 118 yards with an interception.

When the Eagles did make a rare play in the first half, they couldn’t follow it up with much production. Bohnet threw an 18-yard pass on the first snap of the game, but four plays later, Breaston’s long return gave Michigan the ball at Eastern Michigan’s 10, leading to Martin’s 1-yard TD. A high snap on the next punt set up Martin’s 10-yard TD.

Henne threw 14-yard and 26-yard touchdown passes to Avant for a 28-0 lead in the first quarter, matching the opening burst the Wolverines had against Rice in 2000. Henne’s 6-yard pass to Brian Thompson and Garret Rivas’ field goal made it 38-0 late in the first half.

The Wolverines emptied their bench in the second half, but that didn’t stop them from scoring, or help Eastern Michigan do much offensively. Michigan outgained the Eagles 466-134.

AP-ES-09-17-05 1529EDT


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