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Posted on: 09-05-2009

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    The Michigan Wolverines took a step
toward putting last year's three win
nightmare season behind them with a
31-7 beating of Western Michigan Saturday.
    The Wolverines led 31-Zip at the half.
    Michigan started freshman Tate Forcier
who saw a majority of the duty as UM played
four quarterbacks in the game.
    Forcier  threw three touchdown passes, including a pair to Junior Hemmingway.
Forcier  threw 20 of UM’s 28 passes, completing 13 for 179-yards. Forcier and also
rushed 11 times for 37-yards. Fellow freshman Q-B Denard Robinson fumbled a snap
from center, then recovered to run 43-yards for the other Wolverine TD.
    Hemmingway caught five balls for 103-yards with 28 & 44-yard touchdown grabs.
    Robinson’s TD romp helped him lead the eight Wolverine ground gainers with 74-yards
on 11 carries.
    The Broncos finally got on the board with a 73-yard touchdown pass from returning QB
Tim Hiller to Juan Nunez in the 4th-Qtr.
    An audience of 109,019 watched at The Big House.  


    Michigan State mauled Montana State to open the 2009 football season Saturday afternoon.
    Kirk Cousins threw for three touchdowns and Keith Nichol tossed for two more as MSU had
at least five TD passes in a game for just the fifth time in school history.
    The two State signal callers took advantage of a Bobcats secondary that was minus three
injured senior starters. Cousins was 10-of-17 for 183-yards and Nichol 9-of-18 for 135-yards
with neither taking a firm hold on the number one job. Cousins started with Nichol playing
in both the second and third quarters.
    Blair White led six Spartan receivers with nine receptions for 162-yards including a
pair of touchdowns, both on throws by Cousins.
    Seven MSU rushers were topped by Caulton Ray with 12 carries for 71-yards.
    State LBacker Greg Jones recorded 14 tackles, one shy of his career-high.
    A 33-yard field goal by Montana State's Jason Cunningham with 1:34 left in the 3rd-Qtr
ruined MSU's shutout bid.
    Brett Swenson kicked a pair of field goals and freshman understudy Dan Conroy another
for MSU.
    The crowd of 74,518 was MSU's largest for a season opener at home since 1990
when 80,401 watched the Spartans host Notre Dame.
    It wasn't all good news though, as Spartan starting senior center Joel Nitchman came
out late in the 2nd-Qtr with a knee sprain.


    Saginaw Valley defeated Wayne State 21-13 Saturday afternoon  in the GLIAC opener
for both schools.
    The Cardinals beat the Warriors for a 16th consecutive meeting.
    All of the game’s five touchdowns came in the first half.
    WSU Sr-RBack Joique Bell became Wayne’s all-time leader in total offense when his second
carry of the contest surpassed Michael Gluski’s old mark of 4,984-yards. Bell threw an option
pass of 11-yards to Brian Rilley for Wayne State’s first touchdown and Bell rushed 3-yards for
the other Warrior score.  The game’s leading gainer, Bell ran 24 times for 125-yards and caught
three passes for 26-yards while throwing just once.
    Jordon DeRosia on a fumble recovery TD, Nick Gallina with a 37-yard TD catch and Brandon
Hayes with a 2-yard TD run accounted for Saginaw’s scores. The Cardinals never trailed.    
     SVSU improved to 2-0 overall and WSU is now even at 1-1.


    Army was a 27-14 winner at Eastern Michigan. Rich Ellerson became the first Army
coach to win his first game in 18 years while new Eagles head coach Ron English dropped
his debut. EMU TDs were via an Andy Schmitt 20-yard pass to Trey Hunter and on a
Dwayne Priest 1-yard run.
    In a game where the start was delayed 43-minutes by lightning, Central Michigan
lost at Arizona 19-6 late Saturday night. Chippewas QBack Dan FeFevour ran for CMU's
touchdown, but had only 108 passing yards for the third lowest total in his 40 career
collegiate games.



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