Tate Forcier Proves He Is Human After All; Running Game Picks Up Slack

Matt JCorrespondent ISeptember 20, 2009

ANN ARBOR, MI - SEPTEMBER 19:  Quarterback Tate Forcier #5 of the Michigan Wolverines scrambles away from linebacker Andre Hatchett #20 of the Eastern Michigan Eagles at Michigan Stadium on September 19, 2009 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Until Saturday I was starting to wonder if Tate Forcier would ever play a "bad game."

And although he didn't play a bad game on Saturday, he did prove he's human and still a freshman. 

All I can say is he couldn't have picked a better time with Michigan facing what looks like its second easiest opponent on the schedule.

Despite Forcier's sub-par play the Wolverines rolled to a 45-17 victory over Eastern Michigan. Most people agree that it's a "teachable" game, and freshmen need those kind of games if for no better reason than to keep them in check and not let their heads get too big. 

Michigan amassed just 68 passing yards on the day. Yes, you read that correctly: a mere 68 yards in the air against Eastern Michigan. There were some drops and balls that should have been caught, though, so Forcier and Denard Robinson are not solely to blame. We have to remember that most of the receivers are first-year guys as well, so they still have some learning to do.

The good news, however, is the running game finally did what it was supposed to do all season: run for loads and loads of yards. The running game was expected to carry this team, given the two freshmen quarterbacks and the runners' experience. 

Up until yesterday, though, that wasn't really the case. The best effort by one guy was 106 yards by Brandon Minor against Notre Dame in Week Two. He was expected to have an average of about 120 yards a game this year, with teammates adding more yards as well. 

This week Michigan got significant contributions from both Denard Robinson and Carlos Brown. Robinson rushed for two touchdowns, and I'm not sure there are many teams out there with a guy as fast as him.

And Brown, who got his chance to shine with Minor hurting, ran for 180 yards and a 14.4 yards-per-carry average.

A lot of the young guys got into this game late, giving us an idea of what to expect depth-wise and in the next few years. 

A little bad news: David Molk may be out for the bulk of the season with a broken foot. Rich Rodriguez hasn't confirmed this yet, but he did say it doesn't look good for Molk. 

Overall the Wolverines played a good game against a sub-par opponent; halftime adjustments played a huge part in them winning big in the second half.