BY SCOTT BELL
What was supposed to be the afternoon's only real drama took place about 11 minutes into Michigan's 33-22 win over Eastern Michigan Saturday afternoon.
Senior running back Mike Hart, the 5-foot-9 Heisman Trophy candidate, shifted and cut his way through the defense for a 14-yard run. The carry put him ahead of Anthony Thomas and into the No. 1 spot atop Michigan's career rushing yardage list.
But, aside from some congratulatory hugs and handshakes from teammates and coaches, the real celebration couldn't begin for a couple more quarters.
BY JACK HERMAN: ON TAP
Mike Hart shattered the Michigan career rushing record on Saturday by tearing through the Eastern Michigan defense.
But after the game, no juke, spin, stiff arm or any other Hart creation could elude the can't-believe-we-have-to-ask-this-again question.
Can you tell us why Michigan got off to another slow start?
"No, I can't," Hart said. "I don't know."
Luckily, while Hart gathered 215 yards, his teammates - resting squarely upon his back - had time to think of excuses.
BY SCOTT BELL
For Michigan fans, it's the number of consecutive bowl games their team has made - a streak that looked in jeopardy of continuing to after Michigan's dismal start.
For gambling addicts, it's the number of points the oddsmakers in Las Vegas expected Michigan to beat Eastern Michigan by when they set the spread this week.
And for senior running back Mike Hart, it's the number of yards he needs to reach Anthony Thomas (who donned the No. 32 jersey at Michigan) on top of the team's all-time rushing yardage list.
BY DANIEL BROMWICH
"He's one of best football players to ever wear that uniform."
Just think about the praise Michigan coach Lloyd Carr bestowed upon running back Mike Hart after the win over Penn State.
One of the best players ever to wear the Maize and Blue.
Notable Michigan alumni include, but aren't limited to: Tom Brady (he of the three Super Bowl rings and a possible fourth this year), Charles Woodson and Desmond Howard.
We could go back even further, to the days of Ron Johnson, Bump Elliot and Tom Harmon.
Click here to view the Daily football writer's staff picks for this week.
BY SCOTT BELL
Michigan cornerback Brandon Harrison doesn't think it's possible for the Wolverines to overlook another opponent after the Appalachian State fiasco.
But c'mon. It's Eastern Michigan, a perennial bottom dweller of the Mid Athletic Conference.
See if the Eagles have a chance to compete against the heavily favored Wolverines.
Mike Hart's about to surpass Anthony Thomas as Michigan's all-time leading rusher. So who are the best runners to ever don the Maize and Blue? Check out what these guys did and which moments defined their careers.
Tucked off to the east of Ann Arbor sits the little city of Ypsilanti. Both are steeped in history and tradition, but does the smaller city live up to its bigger neighbor?
BY H. JOSE BOSCH
On this day 67 years ago, the movie "Knute Rockne All-American" debuted featuring then B-list celebrity Ronald Reagan as the Gipper. Why does this matter? Because this weekend, Notre Dame will need some movie magic to defeat UCLA on the road.
Any other season, this game would likely be must see TV, but with the Fighting Irish's prospects for winning season looking worse than Charlie Weis in a Speedo, that ABC primetime game doesn't look so appealing. ("Mediocrity lives here!")