Michigan Takes Care of Eastern Michigan

By Doug Ross

Well the beginning went as I suspected, but I did not foresee the onslaught that would ensue.  The Wolverines took care of business on Saturday against the Eagles, just as they have the previous two weeks.  The Eagles followed the blue print to beat Michigan, run the ball and run some more, but Michigan countered just as they have each week, by winning the turnover battle, putting it in Denard Robinson’s hands, and letting some of his friends help out.  Eastern Michigan ran on nearly 90% of their offensive plays.  A forced fumble halted their first drive of the game, and they could never get going again.

Denard Robinson ran for 198 yards, which isn’t too surprising, but his prowess under center may be.  Robinson’s passing numbers under center are astronomically better under center than they are out of the shotgun.  More than half his passing yardage has come from under center, and all of his touchdowns have.  He only threw for 95 yards, but most of his success wasn’t in his comfort zone (shotgun).   He got some help from his friends as well, as Fitzgerald Toussaint and  Vincent Smith combined for 164 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries.

The defense wasn’t too shabby itself.  They gave up a total of 3 points, and were responsible for 2 turnovers.  Jordan Kovacs was at it again with 8 tackles, as he fired up a less than capacity crowd.  Craig Roh is having a very under the radar year, but he totaled 5 tackles as well as a sack.  The sack is very impressive if you consider that Eastern Michigan passed only 6 times all game.  Overall this was a very spirited attack that will serve to be key when Michigan faces Brady Hoke’s last coaching job, San Diego State, this upcoming Saturday.

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