ARLINGTON, Texas -- Denard Robinson went up to the biggest kid in the schoolyard and attempted to throw a haymaker.
He tried to make a statement against the Alabama defense and failed.
Michigan's confounding superstar went toe-to-toe with Dee Milliner and the Crimson Tide defense and ended up on his backside. He went after their top cornerback early and often and ended up handing over his lunch money over one nickel at a time.
Milliner batted down pass after pass that came in his direction and intercepted another of Robinson's misguided attempts.
Before Robinson finally wised up and threw the ball to the other side of the field late in the second quarter -- completing a 71-yard bomb, coincidentally -- the game was already in hand with Alabama ahead more than three touchdowns.
"I don't know, I guess they felt the need to attack me today," Milliner said after the game. "But I'm glad they did it so I can make the plays."
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