Coming off a game in-which Tate Forcier played like a fifth-year senior, he made everyone remember he was only a freshman on Saturday afternoon. That didn't hurt the Wolverines, however, as senior Carlos Brown carried Michigan to their third straight win to improve to 3-0.
Forcier totaled 73 yards of offense for the game after accounting for over 300 just one week ago. He had struggles all game long. He had a fumble which Michigan recovered, made a few bad reads, and even got knocked out of the game after taking a shot to the chest.
Carlos Brown was able to make up for the freshman's problems. It took him just one play to top Forcier's total yards for the game. After a punt-pinned Michigan at their own ten yard line, Brown took a handoff out of the now-unusual I-formation and cut through a wide-open gap in the middle of the Eagles' defense and raced 90 yards basically untouched, moving Michigan's lead to 24-10.
After the game, Brown told the press that all the credit has to go to the offensive line. Who can argue with that? They paved the way for Brown's career-high 187 yards and lead Michigan to 380 yards on the ground total. Yesterday's total was the most the Wolverine's had since racking up nearly 400 on Houston in 2003.
Wide receiver Martavious Odoms scored his first rushing touchdown on a nine-yard reverse, increasing the lead to 31-17.
The defense stepped up thier game, holding Eastern to 51 yards rushing in the second half. After scoring 17 points and trailing by only seven at the break, the Michigan defense came out of the gates flying to start the half, and held the Eagles scoreless.
After Tate Forcier was hit and knocked out of the game, the other high-praised quarterback Denard Robinson stepped in and electrified the crowd with his dazzling speed and agility. Robinson scored on runs of 13 and 36, the last of which gave Michigan a 45-17 lead and capped the scoring.
A stellar running game was ruined by bad news, however. Brandon Minor aggravated an ankle injury he suffered during preseason camp, and senior center David Molk hurt his foot. Last week, David Moosman injured his shoulder and didn't play yesterday's game because of it.
Coach Rodriguez stressed after the game how his team needs to get healthy. They play host to Indiana next week in their first conference game, and then travel away from home for the first time for a game against rival Michigan State and then play at Iowa in a Prime-Time Saturday night contest.
Michigan will need those linemen and their big, bruising tailback to be ready to go for those two key Big Ten road games.
After losing their first ever game against a MAC opponent last year, Toledo, the Wolverines went 2-0 this year, with wins over Western and Eastern Michigan. The Wolverines will now begin their conference schedule at home against the Indiana Hoosiers Saturday at noon.
The Wolverines' are 3-0 and looking to pick up their first win in conference play. After jumping into the top 25 last week, Michigan is looking to move up in the rankings with this week's win and a win in the next week, before getting their first big-time road test of the season.
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