- Michael Rothstein, ESPN Detroit Lions reporter
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It has not been a friendly half for Michigan. Pretty much everything that the Wolverines were concerned about entering their season-opener against No. 2 Alabama came true. The offensive line struggled. The defensive line was gashed. Denard Robinson struggled with his accuracy.
Here's a breakdown of what happened.
Stat of the half: Michigan took its best weapon on offense, Denard Robinson, and neutralized him. Robinson, one of the best dual-threat quarterbacks in the country, ran twice in the first half, gaining nine yards. The Wolverines, as much as Alabama, turned Robinson into a pocket passer and that didn't go well as he was 5 of 16 for 99 yards and two interceptions.
Player of the half: Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron might not have been perfect on the statsheet, but the junior made great reads when he threw the ball and completely sold the playaction fake well for the Crimson Tide which led to two touchdowns.
What’s working for Michigan: About the only positive for Michigan in the first half was the play of freshman kick returner Dennis Norfleet, who showed good instincts and speed. However, even when he got the Wolverines good field position, it was negated by a penalty.
What’s NOT working for Michigan: Everything on offense and defense. A combination of Alabama and the playcalling of offensive coordinator Al Borges turned Robinson into a pocket passer, neutralizing his best skill -- running the ball. The Michigan defensive front was gashed by the Alabama offensive line and the Crimson Tide's running backs.
It has not been a friendly half for Michigan. Pretty much everything that the Wolverines were concerned about entering their season-opener against No. 2 Alabama came true.