Second Half: Opened the second half with a pocket stop of Robinson after the QB cut-back looking for room inside; Johnson defeated two blocks on the play…Blocked a bit too easily one-on-one by Dorrestein on a 5-yard gain by Shaw midway through the 3rd Quarter…Had a chance to bury Robinson 10 yards behind the line (with plenty of blue shirts covering the backside) but froze and Robinson managed a 12-yard completion to Darryl Stonum on 3rd and 3 to begin the final period… Hustled for a downfield tackle of Shaw after first respecting Robinson's option to run wide (play called back for holding vs. Ian Williams)…Penalized as 12th man on the field, off-setting a key holding penalty on Michigan on the game's final drive…Strong effort down the line vs. Michigan's decisive 4th and 1 conversion but didn't get enough help from filling defenders.
Mark Huyge to limit Robinson to 3 yards on 2nd and 8…Unblocked on the edge, then broke inside to stop Michael Shaw for a 4-yard gain on 1st and 10…Good battle with Huyge one play later to help limit Shaw to one yard (Te'o on the tackle).
Second Half: Too quick for LT Mark Huyge, beating the veteran with an inside swim move to drop Vincent Smith for no gain on UM's second series of the half…Followed that with a QB hurry of Robinson on the next play, this time with controlled outside penetration to the blocker's left shoulder…Completed his personal 3-and-out with a stop of Robinson after a three-yard scramble…Drew a holding call on Molk two series later to help slow Michigan's advance that had reached the Irish 25-yard line…Fought off a Huyge block to stop Smith for a 2-yard gain at the end of the 3rd Quarter.
Ian WilliamsStarted out with a bang, shuffling down the line of scrimmage to limit Robinson to 4 yards on a keeper sweep left…Defeated a wham block by LG Stephen Schilling to combine with Lewis-Moore on a 1-yard stop of Shaw, forcing a Michigan punt…Shed a move block from Schilling to stop Robinson for 2 yards on a QB ISO over the right side; Williams played well in Saturday's first half despite facing a top notch center in David Molk…Two plays later, stopped Robinson 7 yards downfield and on the opposite hash; great hustle by Williams who was well-blocked by Molk on the play…Stood up and shoved Molk into the backfield on the ensuing 3rd and 1 but neither Calabrese nor Te'o made the stop in the hole (Calabrese took on the lead block' Te'o a hair too late).
Second Half: Slid off a block to team with Lewis-Moore on a 3-yard stop of Robinson to force a punt on the Wolverines 2nd series… Constantly hustles downfield when he's double-teamed at the line of scrimmage…Drew a 10-yard holding call when the Wolverines had threatened with 2nd and 10 at the ND 25-yard line (UM eventually punted back to the Irish rather than attempt a field goal)…Good effort to go low (despite not being fully set prior to the snap) to help stop Robinson on the final drive's 3rd and 1 sneak...Double-teamed out of the middle on Robinson's game-winning TD run.
Backup DL RotationThe Irish continued to substitute liberally along the front three:
Sean Cwynar – Defeated a Schilling block to help limit Shaw to 4 yards…Held his ground on the next play to force Shaw to bounce outside where Te'o cleaned up the tackle after one yard…Bulldozed from his gap by redshirt-freshman Patrick Omameh allowing Vincent Smith 6 yards on 1st and 10 early in the final quarter. There's a drop-off from Williams, but Cwynar's a player in the making.
Hafis Williams – Effectively solo-blocked for the majority of the first half but Hafis will be a solid backup as the season progresses.
Emeka Nwankwo – Fought off an edge block to stop Robinson for a 5-yard gain early in the fourth period. Plays behind a pretty good defensive end in Kapron Lewis-Moore. Nwankwo would be a valuable 5th-year DE in 2011.