Wolverines right ship, pummel WMU 49-3

By LARRY LAGE

AP Sports Writer

ANN ARBOR — Shea Patterson used to hear his father tell him bedtime stories as a kid and the tales always included him playing quarterback at Michigan Stadium.

He just lived the dream.

Patterson threw three touchdown passes, one in each of the first three quarters, in his Big House debut to help No. 21 Michigan bounce back with a 49-3 win over Western Michigan on Saturday.

The heralded transfer from Mississippi grew up in Ohio, rooting for the Wolverines.

Patterson said it really hit him when the team bus rolled past a familiar tailgating scene and even more when he walked down a long tunnel and ran onto the field.

Patterson was 12 of 17 for 125 yards. He connected for two scores to wide receivers after the position group accounted for a total of just three touchdowns last season.

Karan Higdon ran 140 of his 156 yards and a touchdown in the first quarter to help Michigan build a lead of 21-0.

The Wolverines (1-1) desperately needed the confidence-boosting victory after losing four straight, dating to last season, for their longest losing streak since 2009. They lost by seven last week at Notre Dame to deflate some of the hype.