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Published: Saturday, 9/19/2009

Wolverines dominate 2nd half in 45-17 win over EMU

BY RYAN AUTULLO
BLADE SPORTS WRITER
Michigan quarterback Tate Forcier looks downfield to throw a pass during the third quarter in an NCAA college football game against Eastern Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich., Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009. Forcier was 7 of 13 for 68 yards in the Wolverines' 45-17 victory Michigan quarterback Tate Forcier looks downfield to throw a pass during the third quarter in an NCAA college football game against Eastern Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich., Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009. Forcier was 7 of 13 for 68 yards in the Wolverines' 45-17 victory
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ANN ARBOR – With an improved defensive effort, University of Michigan dominated the second half in a 45-17 win over Eastern Michigan at the Big House.

The Wolverines (3-0) led just 24-17 at halftime but completely controlled the final two quarters, as Denard Robinson ran for two touchdowns and Martavious Odoms one. UM's defense forced two turnovers in the second half, an interception by Craig Roh and a fumble recovery by Brandon Graham.

UM starting quarterback Tate Forcier was knocked out of the game in the third quarter but returned before giving way to Robinson. Forcier played just so-so for an encore to last week's brilliant performance against Notre Dame.

Carlos Brown ran for just shy of 200 yards, while adding two touchdowns as starter Brandon Minor played sparingly due to a coach's decision.



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