VIDEO: Michigan - Alabama Full Game

Submitted by Thorin on September 2nd, 2012 at 9:46 AM

If you were wasted last night (and judging from Twitter, you were), you may want to re-watch this and see what actually happened, but probably not.


1st half (720p still processing):

2nd half (720p available):


angry byrne

September 2nd, 2012 at 10:17 AM ^

Sad thing?  I'm such a masochist that I just rewatched the first few drives of the second half.  On O, it seems like Borges finally figured out "hey, maybe we should run Denard, because, you know."  On D, although gap integrity was much better than the first half, tackling was perhaps the worst that I can remember since GERG.  

On a positive note, I have to love Denard's toughness--it was clear that he was trying as hard as he possibly could to carry the team.  And despite the two interceptions (which I think were more in the poor decision category), I felt that he threw the ball as well as he ever has.  Some of those windows were extremely small, and he was getting it there.  Despite the ugliness of the game, I still think that this team will challenge for the B1G championship--almost everyone else in the league looked pretty pathetic this weekend, and no one else was playing anyone even distantly close to the level of Bama.


September 2nd, 2012 at 10:20 AM ^

It was the de-facto number one team in the country, and the gap between this team and the number 2 team (USC, Oregon, LSU, etc.) is significant. Yes, we lost badly and were outmatched in almost every aspect of the game, but it's not as bad as everyone is making it out to be. It's all uphill from here - we won't face a team nearly as good as them all season. (However, a team that is a lower quality, "generic" version of the tide is...Sparty - we better figure out how to play when Denard  is made ineffective as a runner.) I thought if we just made it out of the game healthy, it would be good news but even that didn't happen. And is it just me or did Denard actually regress as a thrower? He was airing out and lofting up even some short passes.

Next saturday can't come soon enough.

Seattle Maize

September 2nd, 2012 at 12:13 PM ^

Havent/probably wont rewatch but did anyone else think James Ross looked pretty damn impressive?  I think him, Bolden, Pipkins, Odjemudia, Wilson, Norfleet, Kalis, Darboh and Funchess will all get serious time as the year goes on and by the end of the year - And play pretty well.


September 2nd, 2012 at 1:01 PM ^

You will see the two blatant NON CALLS that changed this game for the worst.

1.  There is a CLEAR face mask penalty that should at least off-set the holding call on Lewan.  Michigan is then not in a 2nd and 20 and conversely, not in a 3rd and 20 when Denard throws a pick off his back foot to a spot he thought Roundtree would be at.

2.  On the INT - there has been debate about this and whether it is a call or not.  HERE IS THE FOOTAGE.  Roundtree is off balance... but the ball is clearly in the air.  Roundtree's eyes and head are up, watching the ball and he is running to a spot.  The defender pushes him down, clearly impeding his ability to get to the ball.  HUGE, huge non-call.

It isn't "whining" to point these things out.  Call a fair game and then make sense of the pounding that UM took.  But it wasn't a fair game in the least - and small non-calls like these change outcomes.  They really do.



September 2nd, 2012 at 2:26 PM ^

Thank you, Thorin Son O' Odin, for bothering to record, edit and post vids of the Alabama game timely and expertly - damn the copyrights, full speed ahead. I missed out on watching the game live because I attended a wedding last night. 

(I checked stats once via phone, considered the lopside score, and went back to the wedding to remain there undistracted from the lovely family despite they are Wildcats. When I woke up early this morning, I reviewed the published accounts of the game and tasted the bile that welled up separately from the customary wedding hangover.)
After watching your vids in their entirety, I feel better about Team 133 and the prospects for our future teams. The game was not as terrible as reported or as reflected by the stats given the domain of B1G play this season. True, we are not in a position to challenge for national title and were overranked, however, I believe we enjoy a legit shot at achieving the B1G championship in 2012. Certainly by 2013.
Alabama is going to be the shizzle again this year, and yesterday's game will provide our coaching staff with a template how to best address our personnel deficiences. The Alabama game will provide Little Brother with a template, too, unfortunately. If we can manage a game plan to overcome Little Brother successfully this season, and not just by a shoelace, our whole program should be able to achieve national title contention by 2015. Conquering Little Brother, and the way we play in that game, is our most crucial objective for Team 133.
Go Blue.

Randy Marsh

September 2nd, 2012 at 2:33 PM ^

The play at 1:12:10 (1st half) was the best pass I've ever seen Denard make.

I'm predicting Norfleet will take at least 4 kick returns to the house this season.



September 2nd, 2012 at 3:58 PM ^

I was at a wedding with little to no cell service so only got sporadice and depressing score updates via text. Then i read and had many sadz.

But watching makes me feel better. There's nothing fundamentally wrong with this team, and if it had played anyone but Alabama, there would likely be a win to start the season and a lot of talk about how good this team can be with a lot less focus on the problems that are likely in a first game no matter who the opponent is. But they played freakin' Alabama.

I'm blaming this one on DB. What was it about the 2010 UM football program that convinced him that two years later it would really be able to challenge one of the top 3 teams in the nation? It's not like the Alabama juggernaut arose last year. If his only excuse is that in marketing there's no such thing as bad publicity, he's an ass. Just like the coaches need to scheme for the players they have to succeed, the guy scheduling games needs to make it so the team has a chance to succeed.


September 2nd, 2012 at 4:57 PM ^

I want Norfleet at rb terribly bad.... He looks like the only rb on the roster outside of fitz that has any type of vision... I'm a big Vincent smith fan (it's not his fault he is terribly, terribly misused in our offense) but he is a tunnel vision runner sometimes


September 2nd, 2012 at 8:10 PM ^

I totally agree with you. What I saw from him on the returns seemed like he has Stonum-like vision in terms of seems, which could work in terms of a running back. I thought he was going to get a few looks in the 3rd/4th quarter(s).

Like I've said in other threads, this game was beneficial in a long-term sense by allowing us to raise our game. I have to think we can use this game as motivation to manhandle teams like MSU, Nebraska, and Wisconsin (when we play them, when!)