By Scott Crumbly
SEC Digital Network
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DALLAS, Tex. – The spotlight was squarely on the Southeastern Conference on Saturday night in Dallas when the Alabama Crimson Tide took on the Michigan Wolverines in the most anticipated match-up of opening weekend. Just as they have so many times under head coach Nick Saban, Alabama made it look easy on their way to a dominant 41-14 victory.
The Crimson Tide assumed control from the opening kick-off, and by the four-minute mark of the second quarter Michigan was facing a daunting 31-0 deficit.
Alabama’s defense lost several key pieces after the 2011 National Championship season but that was not a problem against the Wolverines. The Tide held Michigan to just 268 total yards on the evening, and dynamic quarterback Denard Robinson was kept in check throughout the game. Robinson managed 200 yards through the air but needed 26 attempts to reach that total, and he was held to just 2.7 yards per carry on the ground.
Alabama’s offense looked strong as well, with AJ McCarron throwing two touchdown passes and the offensive line leading the way to 231 yards on the ground. T.J. Yeldon needed only 11 carries to eclipse the 100-yard mark, and three other Alabama backs carried the ball eight times or more.
Passing – AJ McCarron, 11-of-21, 199 yards, 2 TD
Rushing – T.J. Yeldon, 11 car, 111 yards, 1 TD
Receiving – Kevin Norwood, 3 rec, 53 yards
Passing – Denard Robinson, 11-of-26, 200 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT
Rushing – Vincent Smith, 13 car, 32 yards
Receiving – Jeremy Gallon, 4 rec, 107 yards