Bowling Green Opens Season With 42-7 Loss To Michigan

Updated 9/2/2000

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    By HARRY ATKINS
    AP Sports Writer

    Michigan's Larry Foote loses his helmet as he brings down Bowling Green tailback Joe Alls during the first quarter Sept. 2 in Ann Arbor, Mich. In on the play is Michigan's Julius Curry (26).
    (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)
    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP)(Sept. 2) - John Navarre, a redshirt freshman starting in place of injured Drew Henson, tied a school record with four touchdown passes to lead No. 6 Michigan to a 42-7 victory over Bowling Green in the opener for both teams Sept. 2.

    Navarre, who had never taken a snap in a college game, completed 15 of 19 passes for 265 yards before being relieved midway through the fourth quarter. He is the 11th player in Michigan history to toss four TD passes in a game. The last was Tom Brady in a win over Alabama in last season's Orange Bowl.

    The 6-foot-6, 242-pounder, tossed a 41-yard touchdown pass to David Terrell in the first quarter. He hooked up with Ronald Bellamy for scoring plays of 19 and 11 yards in the second quarter as the Wolverines - scoring on three straight possessions - took a 21-0 lead at halftime. Navarre had a 4-yard scoring pass to Marquise Walker in the fourth.

    Anthony Thomas, who turned in his 14th career 100-yard rushing game, rambled for 108 yards on 23 carries, including a 28-yard TD run. Freshman Chris Perry had 103 yards on 10 carries, with a 42-yard TD run.

    Andy Sahm completed 16 of 36 passes for 189 yards for Bowling Green, including a 24-yard touchdown pass to Andre Pinchem with 5:21 remaining.

    The Wolverines, who were 10-2 last season, also got solid play from a young defense that lost several players to graduation and injuries. The Falcons, 5-6 in the Mid-American Conference last season, were held to 271 total yards, 58 on the ground.

    Henson, the two-sport star who spends his summers playing professional baseball, broke a bone in his right foot Aug. 23. That moved Navarre from backup to starter. Still, if he was nervous, it didn't show.

    Part of that was by design.

    Navarre's first four passes were short swing passes with little chance of an interception. His first downfield pass went to Terrell, who caught it between two defenders in the end zone.

    Early in the second quarter, Navarre tossed a short pass to fullback B.J. Askew, who turned it into a 58-yard play with a spectacular run. Four plays later, Navarre - his confidence building - threw the first scoring pass to Bellamy, completing a 90-yard drive in five plays.

    On their next possession, the Wolverines went 42 yards in four plays, with Navarre hitting Bellamy for 23 yards to open the drive. Bellamy made a great leaping catch over a defender in the corner of the end zone for the 11-yard touchdown play.

    The scoring toss to Walker, on the second snap of the fourth quarter, capped an 80-yard, 12-play drive.

    Thomas' touchdown made it 28-0 with 12:41 remaining, but the Falcons recovered a fumble on their own 10 and launched a 10-play drive for their only score.

    Perry scored with 3:02 left.