September 23, 2012

Post-Game Q&A: Sloppy offense overshadows positives

On a night where Michigan's defense provided a few encouraging signs it could potentially evolve into a championship unit in time to lead the Wolverines to a Big Ten title, the offense floundered, producing an effort every bit as bad as the lackluster showings all too common in Rich Rodriguez's first season in Ann Arbor in 2008.

Was the halfback pass, that led to an interception, the game's biggest turning point? In hindsight, absolutely.

Michigan was moving the football on Notre Dame, going 78 yards on 11 plays, finding a nice balance of runs (five) and passes (five completions) as quarterback Denard Robinson was finding his rhythm in connecting with three different receivers. The offensive line appeared to be gaining leverage against ND's ferocious front seven, with the play before the pick a 15-yard Robinson run up the gut.

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