Forcier leads late TD drive to lift Michigan

September 26, 2009

Tate Forcier led another fourth-quarter scoring drive, connecting with Martavious Odoms with 2:29 left to give No. 23 Michigan a 36-33 win over Indiana.

Donovan Warren's interception on the Hoosiers' next snap sealed the victory for the Wolverines (4-0, 1-0 Big Ten), who were outgained and avoided losing to Indiana (3-1, 0-1) in Ann Arbor for the first time in more than 40 years, since before Bo Schembechler coached the Wolverines.

Forcier, whose TD pass in the closing seconds two weeks ago beat then-No. 18 Notre Dame, missed some plays on the game-winning drive after taking a hit.

"It's a bruised shoulder," Forcier said.

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The freshman quarterback returned to convert a third down on a long pass to Odoms in the end zone. Back on the sideline, he flinched in pain when a teammate slapped him on the right shoulder to congratulate him after his TD pass. After the game, he was seen shaking hands with his left one.

"We had a play called and checked into a different play," Odoms said.

Earlier, Forcier leaped for a TD and a 2-point conversion to put Michigan ahead 29-26, but Darius Willis put Indiana back ahead with an 85-yard run on the next play.

Michigan did not look impressive - until it counted - on either side of the ball.

Indiana had 467 yards of offense to the Wolverines' 372.

Forcier was 11 of 21 for 184 yards, two TDs and an interception after doing a 360-degree spin in the pocket and throwing an ill-advised pass that defensive tackle Nicholas Sliger caught. Forcier ran for a score and a 2-point conversion, diving into the end zone on both plays early in the fourth quarter.

Carlos Brown turned one of Forcier's short passes into a 61-yard score - a week after he ran for a 90-yard TD - and had a 41-yard score on the ground against Indiana. Brandon Minor had 50 yards rushing and a TD.