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Perry rolls for 184 yards and two scores

9/6/2003

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- Chris Perry already has forgotten about
his 416 yards rushing in two blowouts.

Soon after Perry ran for 184 yards and two touchdowns in Michigan's (No. 7 ESPN/USA Today, No. 5 AP) 50-3 win over Houston on Saturday, he was thinking about
playing another game.

The Wolverines (2-0) host Notre Dame next week following
two wins by a combined score of 95-10.

"It's nice, but we've got to get ready for Notre Dame," Perry
said. "They're a talented team with a great defense."

Perry's performance -- with TDs from 1 and 8 yards on 27 carries
-- came one game after he ran for a career-high 232 yards and two
TDs in a 45-7 win over Central Michigan.

"Chris Perry has a great competitive spirit," Michigan coach
Lloyd Carr said. "He wants to be great. He wants to have the
football. He's highly energized."

After Michigan forced a fumble midway through the first quarter,
it scored 22 points over the next 16 minutes against the Cougars
(1-1) to spark the rout.

"In a game like this, you need good things to happen early,"
Art Briles said after his second game as Houston's coach. "We
couldn't create anything."

Michigan's John Navarre was 13-of-30 for 136 yards with a TD and
no interceptions. Navarre, who has completed 527 career passes,
surpassed Elvis Grbac for the most completions in Michigan history.

"That's just a bonus you get when you have the talent around
you that I've had and you're blessed to play here for four years,"
Navarre said.

Michigan's backup running back, David Underwood, ran 11 times
for 108 yards and a TD.

Braylon Edwards caught four passes for 50 yards and a score,
then declined to talk to reporters after the game.

Last week, Carr did not start because Edwards because he said,
"we're not on the same page," and on Saturday Carr explained he
is just trying to help the junior receiver become a better player.

Kevin Kolb was 15-of-30 for 64 yards and was sacked six times, a
week after the freshman accounted for four TDs in a 48-14 win over
Rice. Brandon Middleton extended his streak with at least one
reception to 29 games.

The Cougars got off to a good start defensively before Michigan
took over.

The Wolverines gained just 3 yards on their first three
possessions as Houston stuffed them near the line on runs, and
swarmed around receivers on pass attempts.

Then Michigan made its game-turning break and began to build a
huge cushion.

Safety Ernest Shazor forced receiver Vincent Marshall to fumble.
Lawrence Reid recovered, and the Wolverines had the ball at the
Houston 24 after the Cougars were penalized for a late hit. Perry's
1-yard TD gave Michigan a 7-0 lead.

Larry Stevens sacked Kolb for a safety late in the first
quarter.

"It's about time we scored some points on defense," said
Stevens, who was critical of Michigan's defense after it gave up
218 yards rushing against Central Michigan.

The Wolverines scored on their next three possessions. They
would have scored four straight times, but Steve Breaston's 62-yard
punt return was negated by a penalty.

After the safety, Jeremy LeSueur returned a kick 45 yards to set
up Garrett Rivas' first career field goal, from 43 yards. Rivas'
38-yard kick came on the next possession. Underwood, a Texas
native, scored on a 5-yard run to put the Wolverines ahead 22-0.

Houston's Dustin Bell capped a 14-play drive with a 42-yard kick
to make it 22-3 in the third quarter.

After Perry scored on an 8-yard run and Edwards caught a 9-yard
TD pass to put Michigan ahead 36-3 early in the fourth quarter, the
starters were pulled but backups scored two more TDs.

Michigan's Marlin Jackson played following a one-game and
one-series suspension after pleading guilty to aggravated assault
last month in a plea agreement. The Big Ten preseason defensive
player of the year made his first appearance as a safety after two
standout seasons at cornerback.

Wolverines linebacker Carl Diggs, a starter and captain, missed
the game because of a death in his family.