Sept. 2, 2012
The announced crowd for tonight's game was 90,413 fans, setting a Cowboys Stadium record for a college football game.
Former Heisman Trophy winner Desmond Howard and former U-M head football coach Gary Moeller were Michigan's honorary captains at the coin toss.
The Wolverines wore commemorative road uniforms for the game with Cowboys Classic. U-M's gloves featured lyrics to the school's fight song, "The Victors."
Tonight's game marked the first time in program history U-M has opened a season with a neutral-site game.
The Wolverines have a 15-4 record all-time in domes: 12-0 at the Metrodome, 1-0 at Syracuse's Carrier Dome, 0-1 at Cowboys Stadium, and 2-3 in bowl games.
Tonight's loss snapped Michigan's 13-game winning streak in the month of September. U-M had not lost a September game since falling at Notre Dame on Sept. 13, 2008.
Despite the loss, Michigan holds a 109-21-3 record in season openers.
Fifteen Wolverines made their collegiate debut today. James Ross III, Russell Bellomy, Sione Houma, Jarrod Wilson, Mario Ojemudia, Royce Jenkins-Stone, Jack Miller, Amara Darboh, Devin Funchess, Ondre Pipkins, Dennis Norfleet, Joe Bolden, Keith Heitzman, Terry Richardson and A.J. Williams saw playing time against Alabama.
Thirteen players extended their consecutive start streaks: Craig Roh (39 games), Patrick Omameh (30), Denard Robinson (27), Roy Roundtree (25), Kenny Demens (21), Taylor Lewan (16), J.T. Floyd (13), Michael Schofield (10), Jake Ryan (8), Blake Countess (7), Desmond Morgan (7), Jordan Kovacs (6), and Thomas Gordon (2).
Senior co-captain and quarterback Denard Robinson 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 recorded four receptions for a career-high 107 yards, including a career-long 71-yard reception in the second quarter. It marks Gallon's first career 100-yard receiving effort.
Robinson's 71-yard competition to Gallon marked the longest play in Cowboys Classic history.
With his six-yard touchdown run at the 2:20 mark of the second quarter, Robinson now has 36 career rushing scores (fifth all-time in U-M history). Following his 44-yard touchdown throw to Devin Gardner in the third quarter, Robinson now has 41 career passing touchdowns (sixth all-time in U-M history).
Wide receiver Devin Gardner posted his second career reception and first career touchdown catch in the third quarter, hauling in a 44-yard pass from Robinson at the 2:20 mark. Gardner notched a two-yard reception against Minnesota in 2011.
Fifth-year senior tight end Mike Kwiatkowski registered his first career collegiate reception, a six-yard catch in the fourth quarter.
Senior/junior safety Thomas Gordon led the defense with a career-high-tying nine tackles and his third career forced fumble. Gordon also posted nine tackles against Notre Dame on Sept. 10, 2011.
Senior defensive lineman Will Campbell registered his third career sack, bringing down Alabama A.J. McCarron for a loss of 16 yards in the third quarter.
Junior punter Will Hagerup's 62-yard punt in the first quarter set a Cowboys Classic record.