Saturday, October 1, 2011
Halftime: Michigan 38, Minnesota 0
By Brian Bennett
For Minnesota, today's game against Michigan could be described as the Little Brown Ugh.
It's been a tough week for the Gophers, with Jerry Kill going to the Mayo Clinic before returning and starting quarterback MarQueis Gray unable to play through a toe injury.
So Minnesota figured to be a heavy underdog in the Big House. But things have really spun out of control for the Gophers in the first half, as Michigan has turned in its most dominating half of the season.
It's all Maize and Blue so far, and it hasn't all been because of Denard Robinson. He's had a terrific half, completing 13-of-16 passes for 153 yards and two touchdowns against Minnesota's very forgiving secondary. Shoelace has also run for 51 yards and a score.
But tailback Vincent Smith also has a rushing, receiving and even a passing touchdown. Fitz Toussaint has run for 85 yards. And the defense has been suffocating. The Wolverines have 384 total yards to just 69 for Minnesota, as this looks more like one of those September games against an FCS opponent than a Big Ten opener.
Kill gathered his players together on the field before going into the tunnel at halftime. He has to keep the morale up through these difficult times. And he has a lot of coaching to do.