Alabama picks up where it left off


Linebacker C.J. Mosley returned an interception for a touchdown as the Crimson Tide played suffocating defense in its lopsided win over Michigan. (Ronald Martinez/GETTY IMAGES)
September 2, 2012

Defending national champion Alabama showed no signs of a drop-off, thumping No. 8 Michigan, 41-14, in a game that ended late Saturday night in Arlington, Tex.

The second-ranked Crimson Tide harassed Wolverines quarterback Denard Robinson into two interceptions, one of which C.J. Mosley returned 16 yards for a touchdown to give Alabama a 31-0 lead late in the second quarter. Robinson, considered a Heisman Trophy candidate, threw for 200 yards, but 115 of those yards came on two plays. He also was held to just 27 yards rushing on 10 carries.

“I didn’t make the throws that I should have made today and I feel that I didn’t play as the Michigan quarterback today,” Robinson said, according to the Associated Press. “I’ve got to step it up and be more accountable.” . . .

Arizona, in its first game under former Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez, needed overtime to stop Toledo, 24-17. Matt Scott threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Terrence Miller for the win. Wildcats place kicker John Bonano missed a 25-yard field goal attempt that would have won it as time expired, and also missed a 24-yarder. Arizona also had two touchdowns nullified by penalties and three turnovers. . . .

Leading UTEP just 10-7 after three quarters, fourth-ranked Oklahoma needed two touchdowns in the final quarter to pull away from the host Miners, 24-7.

Special teams were a problem for both the Sooners, a 30-point favorite, and the Miners. Oklahoma had a blocked punt returned for a touchdown in the first quarter. Meanwhile, two UTEP kickers missed a combined three field goals, and the Miners also failed to convert a fake punt in their own end in the fourth quarter. . . .

Fifth-ranked Oregon raced out to a 29-0 lead in the first quarter and was able to rest many of its starters soon after in a 57-34 home win over Arkansas State. Redshirt freshman quarterback Marcus Mariota had 200 passing yards and three touchdowns for the Ducks.

— Matt Bonesteel

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