HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - In front of the largest crowd to ever watch a University of Hawaii football game, the seventh-ranked Michigan Wolverines put on a show worthy of the 110,222 fans gathered in the 'Big House' to witness it.
By air or by ground, from vaunted seniors to true freshmen, the Wolverines dismantled the visiting Rainbow Warriors on Saturday, gaining 513 total yards and putting up their first 60 point game in three years, defeating Hawaii by a score of 63 to 3.
Things didn't start well for Michigan; the Wolverines' first offensive play from scrimmage was a poorly-read pass by first-year starter Wilton Speight, intercepted nimbly by Hawaii senior defensive back Damien Packer. It was the first career interception for Packer, a safety from Kea'au.
Despite the Wolverines' early miscue, things started worse offensively for the Rainbow Warriors. Hawaii finished the first quarter with negative yards of total offense, Ikaika Woolsey threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown in the second quarter, and the 'Bows didn't gain a first down until there were just under five minutes left in the quarter.
The aforementioned first down, an 8-yard rush by Diocemy Saint Juste, sparked Hawaii's best offensive serives of the afternoon. Marcus Kemp caught a pair of first down passes, Dylan Collie added a reception of his own, and the 'Bows appeared to have momentum for the first time before a grounding penalty on Woolsey ended the first half with a ten-second clock run-off.
The Wolverines went into the locker room at the break with a 35-0 lead.
Woolsey was replaced in the second half by sophomore Dru Brown, a transfer quarterback from San Mateo College. Brown, too, threw an interception that was returned for a Wolverines' score, finishing the game 5-of-10 for 63 yards. His 49 yards rushing were a team-best on the day, as Hawaii managed just 2.2 yards per rush.
The 60-point margin of defeat was Hawaii's largest since losing to Boise State, 69-3, back in 2004.