Saturday, October 10, 2009
Forcier rebounds for U-M, snaps Iowa streak
By ESPN.com staff
Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A wild first quarter just ended, and we already know one thing: Both starting quarterbacks are extremely resilient.
After Ricky Stanzi answered his interception by leading two scoring drives for Iowa, Michigan freshman Tate Forcier bounced back from his own pick with a masterful drive. The Wolverines have been able to run the ball against Iowa's defense with Brandon Minor, and Forcier converted a fourth-and-4 by recognizing an open area behind defensive end Adrian Clayborn.
Forcier led a 12-play, 72-yard march and made several tough throws. The true freshman continues to show no nerves and loads of confidence, as Michigan got Iowa on its heels with a no-huddle offense.
Minor capped the drive with a 3-yard touchdown run, marking the first rushing touchdown against Iowa in 34 quarters. Penn State's Derrick Williams was the last player to record a rushing touchdowns against Iowa, in the third quarter of a Nov. 8, 2008, game.