Halftime analysis: Michigan 42, UMass 13

September, 15, 2012
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Michigan is doing what most figured the Wolverines would on Saturday, dominating one of the worst teams in the FBS. While there were a couple of moments of uncertainty -- particularly when Denard Robinson threw an interception for a touchdown in the second quarter -- the Wolverines have this in hand at the half.

Stat of the half: Three. That's how many games Michigan wide receiver Devin Gardner has played and started at his new position. It is also how many touchdowns he has this season, having caught a touchdown in each game as a wide receiver.

Player of the half: Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson. The senior once again accounted for the majority of the Wolverines' offense -- 260 yards passing and 109 yards rushing, including two touchdown passes and a rushing score. He also made a move up the all-time charts at Michigan, moving into second in all-purpose yards and fourth into passing yards, all during the first half.

What’s working for Michigan: The Wolverines are doing what most figured they would do. They have moved the ball well on UMass on offense. On defense they have, for the most part, put pressure on the Minutemen offense. And they are dominating on the scoreboard, leading 42-13 and having outgained UMass 428-142.

What’s not working for Michigan: Penalties. Michigan had four penalties for 35 yards in the first half, including three on offense: personal foul chop block and back-to-back holding and false start calls. Considering Brady Hoke's attention to detail, he isn't going to like that Sunday watching the game again.

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ESPN Detroit Lions reporter

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