Wolverines Drop Season Opener to Second-Ranked Crimson Tide
Devin Gardner

Sept. 1, 2012

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Site: Arlington, Texas (Cowboys Stadium)
Event: 2012 Cowboys Classic
Score: #2 Alabama 41, #8 Michigan 14
Records: U-M (0-1), UA (1-0)
Next U-M Game: Saturday, Sept. 8 -- vs. Air Force (Michigan Stadium), 3:30 p.m.

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The eighth-ranked University of Michigan football team was unable to overcome a 31-point first-half deficit, falling 41-14 to the second-ranked University of Alabama in the 2012 Cowboys Classic held Saturday evening (Sept. 1) at Cowboys Stadium. The announced crowd of 90,413 fans was the largest for a collegiate game in Cowboys Stadium history.

Senior co-captain and quarterback Denard Robinson (Deerfield, Fla./Deerfield Beach HS) completed 11-of-26 passes for 200 yards and tossed one touchdown. He added 27 rushing yards on 10 carries and scored the team's first points on a six-yard TD run.

Senior/junior wide receiver Jeremy Gallon (Apopka, Fla./Apopka HS) caught four passes for a career-best 107 yards in the contest, including a 71-yard career-long catch on Michigan's first scoring drive of 2012. It was Gallon's first career 100-yard receiving game.

Senior/junior safety Thomas Gordon (Detroit, Mich./Cass Technical HS) led the defensive effort, tying a career high with nine tackles and adding a forced fumble. Senior co-captain and safety Jordan Kovacs (Curtice, Ohio/Clay HS) chipped in eight stops and one tackle for loss.

The Crimson Tide scored touchdowns on three consecutive first-quarter possessions to open up a 21-0 lead on the Wolverines. Quarterback A.J. McCarron tossed a pair of touchdown passes on the first two scoring drives, finding tight end Michael Williams for a two-yard touchdown and DeAndrew White for a 51-yard score. Alabama reached the end zone for the third time as Eddie Lacy ran nine yards over left tackle at 1:42 of the opening stanza.

Alabama added to its lead with 10 points in the second quarter. Kicker Jeremy Shelley connected on a 22-yard field goal at 9:53, and linebacker C.J. Mosley intercepted a third-down pass from Robinson and returned it 16 yards for the touchdown at 4:25.

Michigan chipped into the deficit as Robinson kept the ball and ran six yards behind the left side across the goal line. The Wolverines reached Crimson Tide territory as Robinson tossed a perfect strike to Gallon that covered 71 yards to the Alabama one-yard line. The Wolverines were called for too many men in the huddle on first down, moving the ball back to the six-yard line. Robinson scored his 36th career rushing touchdown on the first-down play following the penalty. The three-play, 75-yard drive took 2:05.

Alabama increased its lead to 34-7 with a 51-yard field goal by kicker Cade Foster at 2:34 of the third quarter.

The Wolverines continued to fight back as Robinson threw a 44-yard touchdown pass to junior wide receiver Devin Gardner (Detroit, Mich./Inkster HS) with 14 seconds left in the third quarter. The receiving touchdown was the first of Gardner's career and just his second reception. The five-play, 86-yard drive took 2:20.

Alabama running back T.J. Yeldon added a one-yard rushing touchdown with 5:32 remaining to put the Crimson Tide ahead by the game's final score, 41-14.

Michigan returns to Ann Arbor for its 2012 home opener against Air Force on Saturday (Sept. 8). The Wolverines and Falcons will kick off at 3:30 p.m. EDT on ABC.

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