Throughout Saturday’s Week 1 action, I offered my snap reactions to all the Big Ten games. Here are my thoughts from the Big Ten’s early games and the afternoon games. Under the lights, Indiana held off instate foe Indiana State to match its 2011 win total, while Michigan was no match for reigning national champ Alabama. See my snap reactions to Indiana’s victory in this post.
Devin Gardner had a productive quarter for Michigan. He caught a 44-yard touchdown pass, but the Wolverines have closed the gap to 34-14. Alabama expanded its lead to 34-7 thanks to a five-play, 21-yard drive that ended when Cade Foster kicked a 50-yard field goal. Michigan polished off an 86-yard drive when Denard Robinson and Gardner combined for a 44-yard touchdown to make the score 34-14. Vincent Smith’s 22-yard run from the 30-yard line pushed the Wolverines into enemy territory.
Tre Roberson had a productive quarter for Indiana. He threw for 82 yards and ran for nine yards and one touchdown, and the margin is still seven, as the Hoosiers lead 24-17. Indiana opened up the lead, 24-10, after Roberson turned a quarterback sneak into a one-yard touchdown run to end an 11-play, 75-yard drive. Roberson topped 200 yards passing for the game in the quarter, and has plenty of time to add to his 245 total yards through the air.
Alabama’s high-powered offense resulted in 10 points in the second quarter, and the Crimson Tide now lead Michigan 31-7. Alabama racked up 61 passing yards and 66 rushing yards in the quarter. The Crimson Tide opened up the lead, 24-0, after marching down the field for a seven-play, 61-yard drive that ended when Jeremy Shelley kicked a 22-yard field goal. Alabama made the score 31-0 when C.J. Mosley intercepted Denard Robinson’s pass and returned it for a touchdown.
Indiana’s Stephen Houston led the offense in the second quarter. He ran for 28 yards and one touchdown, and the Hoosiers now lead 17-10. Houston ran 15 yards to paydirt to break the 7-7 standoff in favor of Indiana. The play put the finishing touches on an 11-play, 74-yard scoring drive. The Hoosiers expanded their lead to 17-7 thanks to a 16-play, 65-yard drive that ended when Mitch Ewald made a 31-yard field goal.
Indiana State’s Shakir Bell ran for 103 yards and one touchdown and caught one pass for 15 yards in the quarter, and the two teams are tied 7-7 at the end of the first. The Sycamores got on the scoreboard first, rattling off a five-play, 84-yard drive that ended in a score when Bell pounded in a 54-yard touchdown run.