Michigan-Indiana: Week Four Win Shows Wolverines' Transformation

Russ HartleyContributor ISeptember 27, 2009

ANN ARBOR, MI - SEPTEMBER 19:  Running back Carlos Brown #23 of the Michigan Wolverines breaks away on  a 90 yard touchdown run against the Eastern Michigan Eagles at Michigan Stadium on September 19, 2009 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Coach Rich Rodriguez said, "We need have a bad game and still win." The biggest problem with last year's team was that they had to play perfectly to win a game. They played perfect for three games and went 3-9—not this year.

The biggest transformation of this new/old Maize and Blue team is that they can play badly and still win.

Tate Forcier and the Wolverines played great their first three games and went 3-0, but not on Saturday. Michigan gave up 33 points to Indiana in their Big Ten season opener and still won.

The ground attack, including Carlos Brown and Brandon Minor, took control of the offense for most of the game, but it was Forcier who threw a game-winning TD to WR Martavious Odoms to eventually win the game 36-33. This was after Tate leaped over the goal line for a touchdown a few minutes prior.

Indiana broke off an 85-yard TD run and took the lead before Forcier led the Wolverines to victory.

The "usual" Michigan team could beat teams and not even play up to standards. The defense Saturday made many mistakes but held their own in the Hoosiers' final possession. An interception by Donovan Warren clinched the victory over Indiana.

We learned that the true freshman Forcier is human when he threw an INT instead of taking the sack. Forcier hurt his shoulder in the fourth quarter but should be able to go next week. The staff and medical department classified Forcier's injury as just a bruised shoulder.

Forcier will play his first away game as the quarterback for Michigan next week at East Lansing, where he will face in-state rival Michigan State. The Spartans (1-3) will put everything on the line as they try to steer this season away from disaster. It will be interesting how Forcier and the freshmen deal with the hostile environment in East Lansing.

I know Coach Rodriguez won't let up on the 1-3 Spartans, since he is 0-1 versus MSU. Rodriguez and the Wolverines need to bring a strong defense and continue their dominance on offense.

Rodriguez assured the Detroit Free Press that they will bring intensity next week. The Wolverines (4-0) need to continue their offensive firepower to take down "Little Brother" in East Lansing.