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Saturday, September 5, 2009
Western Michigan finally on the board



Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg


ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Just as I started typing how Michigan was 11 minutes away from its first season-opening shutout since 1972, Western Michigan's offense finally reached the end zone.

Quarterback Tim Hiller threw a beautiful ball to junior wide receiver Juan Nunez, who split two Michigan defenders and raced for a 73-yard touchdown. It's way too late for the Broncos, but Hiller showed off his strong arm in an otherwise forgettable performance.

Michigan has pulled most of its starters, though the crowd of 109,019 is almost all still here to witness the team's first victory in an opener since 2006, when it knocked off Vanderbilt 27-7. Denard Robinson is getting more work at quarterback down the stretch, carrying the ball on almost every play. D-Rob still needs to prove himself as a passer, but he's awfully fun to watch on the move.