MSU-UM: Game Recap

The WolverineCorrespondent IOctober 3, 2009

ANN ARBOR, MI - SEPTEMBER 19:  Quarterback Tate Forcier #5 of the Michigan Wolverines looks on in the game against the Eastern Michigan Eagles at Michigan Stadium on September 19, 2009 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  Michigan won 45-17.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Tate Forcier and Michigan gave themselves a chance to win a game they didn't deserve to win with an unbelievable 92-yard drive to tie the game with under three minutes to go.

Forcier was simply amazing.

Although the game winning drive against Notre Dame was more important, today's drive was more impressive. The conditions were terrible, and he was winded to the point of near collapse. He ran. He threw. And when his team needed him most at the end of regulation, he delivered.

Michigan had an incredible amount of momentum heading into overtime, but failed to capitalize on it with an ugly interception in the endzone after moving the ball ahead.

MSU needed only a single point to seal the game from the 25 yard line, but the first play resulted in a nine-yard loss. In typical fashion for MSU today, they overcame the yardage deficit and ultimately delivered. A few plays later, MSU won the game on a 23 yard scamper from freshman Larry Caper, who escaped what should have been an easy, wrap-up tackle from safety Troy Wolfork.

While the story of the day is MSU's first back-to-back victories over Michigan in over 40 years, for Michigan fans, the good news is there will never be another point this season where the Wolverines count themselves out of any game.


No matter how poorly they play, the ability and leadership of Forcier to put points on the board when it matters most cannot be questioned. He has proven it time and time again this season. And it will make the Wolverines fun to watch this year with several more heartbreaking losses and breathtaking wins sure to come.

Go Blue.