No. 4 Michigan rallies for 45-28 victory over Colorado

ANN ARBOR, MI - SEPTEMBER 17:  Wide receiver Devin Ross #2 of the Colorado Buffaloes catches a touchdown pass in front of safety Dymonte Thomas #25 of the Michigan Wolverines during the first quarter at Michigan Stadium on September 17, 2016 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)

ANN ARBOR, MI - SEPTEMBER 17: Wide receiver Devin Ross #2 of the Colorado Buffaloes catches a touchdown pass in front of safety Dymonte Thomas #25 of the Michigan Wolverines during the first quarter at Michigan Stadium on September 17, 2016 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — De’Veon Smith gave Michigan the lead with a 42-yard run early in the third quarter and the No. 4 Wolverines pulled away to beat Colorado 45-28 on Saturday.

The Wolverines (3-0) were behind 21-7 in the first quarter and by four points in the opening minute of the second half.

The Buffaloes (2-1) got to midfield on the final possession, but they were more than a Hail Mary away by the end of the matchup, which rekindled memories of Kordell Stewart’s 64-yard pass to Michael Westbrook in 1994 in the same stadium.

It didn’t help that Sefo Liufau was hurt after throwing his third TD pass, a 70-yarder to Shay Fields that put Colorado up 28-24 just after halftime.

Liufau, who was shaken up in the first half, grabbed his right ankle after Ryan Glasgow hit him on the go-ahead score. The senior quarterback limped through Colorado’s next series before being replaced by freshman Steven Montez.

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