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Saturday, September 5, 2009
Final: Michigan 31, Western Michigan 7

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com


Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg


ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- After a week where it seemed like nothing went Michigan's way off the field, the Wolverines delivered a resounding statement between the lines.

Head coach Rich Rodriguez likely couldn't have scripted a better opener to take some of the pressure off his back. His two quarterback recruits, Tate Forcier and Denard Robinson, ran the offense extremely well and showed the play-making ability Rodriguez demands at the position. Forcier established himself as the clear No. 1 at this point, making very few mistakes in his first career start, while Robinson proved he's too fast and athletic to be left on the sidelines for long.

A supposedly splintered team looked anything but.

The offensive awakening will draw most of the attention, but Michigan's defense might have been the biggest story today. New coordinator Greg Robinson put a ton of pressure on Western Michigan senior quarterback Tim Hiller, who buckled most of the time. Michigan never let the Broncos' offense find any sort of rhythm.

Michigan's victory snaps a two-game slide in season openers and sets up a very intriguing matchup next week against No. 23 Notre Dame, which also looked very impressive today.

I'm heading down for interviews but will have more from the players and coaches, so check back often.