Saturday, September 10, 2011
Halftime: Notre Dame 17, Michigan 7
By Matt Fortuna
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Here's a quick recap of the first half at the Big House, breaking curfew as we approach 10 p.m. at halftime:
Stat of the half: 47. That's the number of yards Michigan has gained in the first half outside of Denard Robinson's 43-yard touchdown pass to Junior Hemingway. The Irish have done a great job of bottling up Shoelace and will need to contain him the rest of the way to hang on.
Best player in the half:Michael Floyd. The senior receiver has seven catches for 112 yards and has given Michigan secondary fits all night. He already has his 15th career 100-yard receiving game and is now No. 1 on the Irish's career receiving yards list.
What Notre Dame needs to do: Make Robinson throw. The Irish have done an admirable job of it so far, and he only made them pay once, though much of the credit goes to Hemingway for making a nice grab near the end zone and maneuvering his way in. Robinson has 40 yards on the ground so far.
What Michigan needs to do: Continue to blitz Tommy Rees and always keep an extra man watching Floyd. Rees has forced some throws under pressure, including a pair that were picked. His over-reliance on Floyd has stood out in the first half and the Wolverines need to expose that further in the second half.