85—Take away Alabama’s two busted coverage plays—Denard Robinson’s 71-yard bomb to Jeremy Gallon to set up Michigan’s first touchdown, and his 44-yarder to Devin Gardner for the second—and the Michigan quarterback completed just nine passes for 85 yards.
27—Robinson was supposed to run all over Alabama’s defense and prove that a Big Ten stud could find gaps in the trenches of an SEC defense. But Robinson, who didn’t even attempt his first rush until the very last play of the first quarter, racked up just 27 yards on the ground. The guy ran for over 1,000 yards last season and was expected to be that kind of player against Alabama. He wasn’t.
90,413—Alabama-Michigan was supposed to be a marquee non-conference matchup of the season. The Crimson Tide was favored by two touchdowns, but ended up roasting the Wolverines by 27 points. However, the masses showed up for the top 10 duel. The announced attendance was 90,413, a Cowboys Stadium record for a college football game. Crimson and Maize were split 50-50.
100+--T.J. Yeldon became the first true freshman running back in Crimson Tide history to rack up over 100 yards in his debut. He had 11 carries for 111 yards, plus a reception for 26. In addition to Yeldon, five other true freshmen saw playing time for Alabama—linebackers Dillon Lee and Reggie Ragland, wide receiver Amari Cooper and defensive backs Geno Smith and Landon Collins.
3—With Alabama already up 24-0 in the second quarter, linebacker C.J. Mosley intercepted Robinson at the Michigan 16 and returned it for a touchdown. It was Mosley’s third interception return for a score, tying Antonio Langham’s (1990-93) school record. Mosley had two touchdown returns in 2010.
431—Alabama wants to have a balanced offensive attack and it just about did. The Tide passed for 199 yards and rushed for 232, compiling 431 yards of total offense. Michigan had 269. Head coach Nick Saban said after the game they need to clean up their act in the air because quarterback A.J. McCarron is “too good of a quarterback for us not to utilize his talents in throwing the football.” Eight different Alabama players caught passes, but none had more than 53 yards receiving.
70—Alabama has scored 70 unanswered points in its last three games dating back to the start of the second half of the Auburn game on Nov. 26, 2011. The run was ended by Robinson’s 6-yard touchdown late in the first half.
69—Michigan was only able to rush for a total of 69 yards, averaging 2.4 yards per carry against Alabama’s defense.
4—Cornerback Dee Milliner had four pass breakups for the Tide in the first half. He continued to come up big throughout the game, adding an interception and four tackles.
99—Michigan had eight penalties for a total of 99 yards.
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