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Saturday, September 10, 2011
Interceptions hindering Irish early

By Matt Fortuna

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- There's the red-zone offense we grew accustomed to seeing last week.

On first-and-10 from the Michigan 18, Tommy Rees forced a throw near the goal-line to Michael Floyd, who was in a sea of maize and blue. J.T. Floyd ended up getting his hands on the ball for the Michigan interception.

The pick was the second interception Rees threw in the second quarter. Rees completed his first eight passes in the first quarter, which ended with a 14-0 Irish lead. Denard Robinson changed that score with a 43-yard touchdown pass to Junior Hemingway in the second, though the Irish defense has been impressive in containing Shoelace on the ground.

The bigger concern, right now, is turnovers. We saw how costly those can be last week in a game the Irish out-gained their opponent 2-to-1. They'll need to avoid them the rest of the night to keep the game from slipping away.