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Michigan's Forcier issues mea culpa for loss

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

You should have seen this already because if you don't read The Dash religiously, there's something very, very wrong. But in the slight case that you didn't, check out what Michigan quarterback Tate Forcier did in the wake of Saturday's overtime loss to Michigan State.

Forcier's interception in the end zone led to the Spartans' victory, but he also rallied Michigan from a 14-point deficit in the final five minutes of regulation. After finding Darryl Stonum for a 60-yard touchdown -- where Stonum did most of the work -- Forcier accounted for all 92 yards (53 pass, 39 rush) on Michigan's game-tying drive in the final 2:53.

Less than 90 minutes after the Wolverines lost in overtime to Michigan State, 26-20, The Dash got a text from Forcier declaring, "I take complete fault for that loss."

Forcier did make a final, fatal error by throwing an OT interception in the end zone. But until that point he was almost the sole reason the Wolverines had a chance.

By the end the kid was so exhausted he could barely stand up straight. But he kept making plays until the game was tied with two seconds left. Then he made one bad pass in OT, and felt compelled to take all the blame afterward.

Understand, Forcier has never come to The Dash looking for all the credit -- or any credit -- after any of the Wolverines' season-opening four victories. This was a quarterback willing to step up when times were bad -- and what fan base wouldn't want a guy like that calling signals?

Forcier has led two fourth-quarter touchdown drives in three games this season (Notre Dame, Indiana and Michigan State). All six of the drives stretched longer than 50 yards, while four drives stretched longer than 60 yards.

  • Keeping with Michigan for a moment, E:60 will air a story on the family of Wolverines offensive lineman Elliott Mealer tonight (ESPN, 7 p.m. ET). Mealer lost his father and his girlfriend in a car accident on Christmas Eve in 2007, while his older brother was paralyzed. Mealer suffered a torn rotator cuff trying to help his brother.