NCAA Game Summary - Eastern Michigan at Michigan|
(Saturday, September 19th)
Final Score: (25) Michigan 45, Eastern Michigan 17
Ann Arbor, MI (Sports Network) - Carlos Brown ran for a career-high 187 yards
and two touchdowns, including a 90-yard score, as 25th-ranked Michigan pulled
away in the second half for a 45-17 victory over Eastern Michigan.
Denard Robinson took over at quarterback for Michigan after fellow freshman
Tate Forcier had the wind knocked out of him in the third quarter and ran for
a pair of scores in the victory. Michael Shaw also had a touchdown run for the
Wolverines (3-0), who racked up 380 yards on the ground.
"We had the intention of throwing a little bit more, but why would you when
you don't have to?" noted Michigan head coach Rich Rodriguez. "Obviously for
us, if we can run the football, it gives our defense a little bit of a break.
I thought our backs ran extremely hard, we blocked well up front, and I
thought our blocking on the perimeter was very good as well."
Forcier, who appeared to be fine on the sideline, completed 7-of-13 passes for
68 yards. Michigan will continue its season-opening four-game homestand with
the Big Ten opener next week against Indiana.
Eastern Michigan quarterback Andy Schmitt threw for 97 yards with an
interception and also ran for a score before leaving the contest with what
appeared to be a knee injury. Dwayne Priest ran for 91 yards and a touchdown
for the Eagles (0-3), who also lost to Army and Northwestern to start their
The game was tied at 10-10 early in the second quarter, but Michigan scored a
pair of touchdowns just over two minutes apart for some breathing room.
Shaw capped a six-play, 69-yard drive with a five-yard touchdown run to give
the Wolverines a 17-10 lead with 9:20 to play before the break. Shaw added
carries of seven and 22 yards before the score. He finished the game with 53
yards on nine attempts.
Eastern Michigan then went three-and-out and pinned Michigan back at its own
10 with a punt, but Brown broke free through the middle, brushed aside one
attempted arm tackle and sprinted for a 90-yard touchdown to make it 24-10 at
the 7:15 mark.
The Wolverines got the ball back after another unproductive Eastern Michigan
series, but a Chris May interception gave the Eagles a first down at the
Michigan 36. Priest was able to covert the turnover into a touchdown, carrying
the ball six straight times and finishing the quick series with a five-yard
touchdown run to pull EMU within seven just over two minutes before the break.
A series of punts to start the third quarter favored Michigan for field
position and the Wolverines took their third offensive series of the half 60
yards on seven plays for another score. A 21-yard run by Forcier keyed the
march and Shaw ran for 18 more before receiver Martavious Owens ran a reverse
13 yards for a touchdown and a 31-17 edge.
Schmitt was intercepted by Craig Roh moments later and Michigan converted the
short field into another touchdown. Forcier had to leave the field after
taking a hard hit on the first play and Robinson finished a 21-yard drive with
a 13-yard touchdown run on a quarterback draw to extend the margin to 21
points with 3:06 to play in the third.
Eastern Michigan was stopped at the Michigan two-yard line early in the fourth
quarter and Schmitt was hurt on the next Eagle possession. He was not hit on
the play, but went down after taking the snap and fumbled.
Robinson quickly cashed in the turnover with a 36-yard touchdown run midway
through the fourth to account for the final margin.
"I just think that we got in situation where we fell behind, and we had to
throw the ball a little bit more," said Eastern Michigan head coach Ron
English about the second half. "It took us out of our running game. We just
felt that we needed to catch up, so we had to throw the ball a little bit more
than we wanted to."
The Wolverines outgained the Eagles 448-285. Robinson did not complete any of
his four passes and was picked off twice but did run for 60 yards.
"We finally got them off the field in the second half, and we got a few more
possessions put together," Rodriguez added. "It was good win, but a lot of
teachable moments out there that we can get better from."
Michigan took advantage of a short punt to score on its first offensive
series, as a 30-yard run by Brown set up a 37-yard field goal from Jason
Olesnavage for a 3-0 lead.
Eastern Michigan answered with a 43-yard field goal from Joe Carithers to tie
the game, but the Wolverines followed with a 60-yard drive for a touchdown.
Brown and Brandon Minor combined for seven carries on the nine-play series,
with Brown finding the end zone from nine yards away to make it 10-3 with 2
1/2 minutes left in the opening period.
Undeterred, the Eagles drove 79 yards on 11 plays to tie it again. Alex
Gillett's 13-yard run on 3rd-and-6 kept the march alive early and Schmitt
added a 24-yard carry before finishing it with an 11-yard scramble around the
right side just 3:44 into the second quarter.
"We expect to win, we really do," remarked English, a former Michigan
defensive coordinator. "I know people think that's hard to believe, but we
expect to win every game."
Brown notched his fourth career 100-yard game and bettered his previous career
best of 132 yards set October 27, 2007 against Minnesota...Brown's 90-yard run
was the third-longest rushing touchdown in school history. The record is 92
yards by Butch Woolfolk against Wisconsin in 1979...Schmitt finished with 26
yards on the ground and completed 13-of-22 passes in defeat...Michigan
improved to 9-0 all-time against Eastern Michigan.
09/19 16:35:42 ET