Saturday, September 3, 2011
Halftime: Michigan 20, W. Michigan 10
By Adam Rittenberg
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- We've reached halftime here at the Big House. Let's take a quick look at the first 30 minutes of play.
Turning point: Western Michigan was poised to reclaim the lead and had second-and-goal at the Michigan 4-yard line when Wolverines linebacker Brandon Herron intercepted a deflected pass and raced 94 yards to the end zone. Herron's pick-six -- Michigan's longest in modern history -- gave the Wolverines their first lead at 13-7.
Stat of the half: Both quarterbacks have looked good so far, as Michigan's Denard Robinson has completed 8 of 9 passes to go along with 40 rush yards. Western Michigan's Alex Carder finished the half 17 of 24 passing for 135 yards with an interception off the deflected pass.
What Michigan needs to do: The Wolverines' touchdown drive late in the half is exactly what coordinator Al Borges is looking for. Michigan must continue to put together sustained drives and get running backs Fitzgerald Toussaint and Michael Shaw involved to help Denard Robinson. The defense remains very much a work in progress, and the line must start getting Carder to the ground. Michigan's special teams look very messy.
What Western Michigan needs to do: Keep attacking the Michigan secondary, especially with Troy Woolfolk out of the game. The Broncos can't keep missing tackles against Michigan's ball-carriers and must do a better job of finishing drives. They're moving the ball well, outgaining Michigan 199-145.