SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- If it was possible, Michigan actually has put together a worse half than it did in either half against Alabama. The Wolverines trail 10-0 and have been inept on offense.
Here's some analysis of what happened.
Stat of the half: 7, as in the amount of interceptions thrown by both teams in a half. Denard Robinson was responsible for four of them with two thrown almost directly at defenders and the third a combination of a rough route run by Devin Gardner and a slight Robinson overthrow. His fourth was on a Hail Mary. Vincent Smith had one on a halfback pass. Notre Dame’s Everett Golson added two of his own before being pulled. Michigan's last five passes of the half were all interceptions.
Player of the half: Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o. The senior had two interceptions -- one thrown directly at him by Robinson and another diving on a tip-drill from a teammate. Te’o had one career interception entering the game. He also had four tackles and a quarterback hurry that helped force Robinson’s third interception.
What’s working for Michigan: Defense. The Michigan offense put the defense in bad positions throughout the game, rarely starting a possession outside of its own territory. Yet the Wolverines allowed only 10 points and 111 yards, the majority coming on the last Notre Dame drive of the half.
What’s NOT working for Michigan: Offense. Any sort of offense. The Wolverines got zero points on two red-zone trips. The Wolverines threw five interceptions. The offensive play-calling was predictable, with play action coming almost every time Michigan was under center. The running game was nonexistent and offensive line struggled blocking everywhere.