NCAA Game Summary - Michigan vs. Alabama
(Saturday, September 1st)
Final Score: (2) Alabama 41, (8) Michigan 14
Arlington, TX (Sports Network) - A.J. McCarron threw both of his touchdown
passes in the first quarter and No. 2 Alabama coasted to a 41-14 drubbing of
No. 8 Michigan on Saturday night.
The reigning champion Crimson Tide put on a show in front of more than 90,00
at Cowboys Stadium, building a 31-0 lead in the first half on the way to the
"This team had a challenge of trying to create an identity for themselves in
terms of how they competed and how they played. And I think they took a step
in that direction," said Alabama coach Nick Saban.
McCarron threw for 199 yards for Alabama (1-0) and T.J. Yeldon became the
first true freshman to rush for more than 100 yards in Crimson Tide history,
gaining 111 with a touchdown.
Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson was just 11-for-26 for 200 yards, one
touchdown and two interceptions. He also scored on the ground, but C.J. Mosley
returned one of his interceptions for a touchdown.
The Wolverines (0-1) played without starting tailback Fitzgerald Toussaint and
defensive end Frank Clark, who served one-game suspensions for legal issues
over the summer.
Vincent Smith led Michigan with 37 yards on 13 rushes.
Michigan coach Brady Hoke, who wanted to use the game as a measuring stick for
where his team stood, said they ended up on the "short end" of it.
"I mean, we've got a lot of things that I know we can do better," said Hoke.
"I've seen us do it better, and we've got to go back to work."
The rout developed early.
Alabama took a 21-0 lead with touchdowns on three straight possessions in the
first quarter, and it wasn't much of a game after that.
McCarron capped a 61-yard drive with a short pass to Michael Williams and it
was under two minutes later when he connected on a 51-yarder with DeAndrew
The receiver got past Courtney Avery on the right side with a nifty stutter-
step move near the line that sent the defensive back slipping to the turf.
Alabama had it going on both sides of the ball and got its third touchdown
after a turnover when Dee Milliner intercepted Robinson and returned it 35
yards to help set up a 9-yard run by Eddie Lacy.
Jeremy Shelley kicked a 22-yard field goal in the second quarter and Mosley
picked off Robinson deep in Michigan territory, taking it back 16 yards for a
Robinson and Jeremy Gallon connected for a 71-yard pass to set up Robinson's
6-yard touchdown scramble for Michigan's first points.
The Heisman hopeful hit Devin Garner for a 44-yard touchdown in the second
half, but those were the only other points Michigan scored.
Cade Foster kicked a 51-yard field goal for Alabama and Yeldon had a 1-yard
touchdown run in the fourth quarter to punctuate his record-setting game.
Alabama, which has won two of the last three national championships, hosts
Western Kentucky next week ... Michigan plays Air Force ... The Wolverines
were coming off an 11-2 season that ended in an overtime win over Virginia
Tech in the Sugar Bowl.
09/02 01:58:19 ET