Numbers: Michigan-Alabama combine for plenty of Cowboys Classic records in 41-14 Tide victory
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Michigan football team was involved in plenty of new "Cowboys Classic" records Saturday night.
Some good, some bad, some horrifying.
No. 2 Alabama and No. 8 Michigan combined to set 48 Cowboys Classic individual and team records during the Crimson Tide's 41-14 victory. The 2012 version was the fourth installment of the now annual event.
Some of the notable numbers:
The attendance at Cowboys Stadium on Saturday, a record for the event and a stadium record for a college football game in the three-year-old venue.
Alabama broke the event record for points scored in a game. The Crimson Tide also set a record for points scored in a quarter (21), in a half (31) and largest margin of victory (27).
Denard Robinson's 71-yard strike to junior Jeremy Gallon was one of the lone bright spots for Michigan on Saturday, it also set a Cowboys Classic record for longest pass play. A.J. McCarron's 51-yard touchdown pass to DeAndrew White is the longest scoring strike in Cowboys Classic history.
Will Hagerup's booming 62-yard punt in the first half set a record for the event. Hagerup, who struggled at times last season, averaged a whopping 51.3 yards on six punts Saturday.
Passes broken up by star Alabama defensive back Dee Milliner. For reference, Milliner's four pass breakups equalled Jeremy Gallon's four catches -- which were a game-high. Milliner also set a record for interception return yardage with 35.
Michigan freshman Dennis Norfleet racked up a game-record 177 yards in kickoff returns in his first action as a college football player. Norfleet averaged 22.5 yards per return, more than four yards better than the Wolverines managed all of last season.
Michigan was flagged eight times for a game-record 99 yards in penalties. Last season, Michigan's season-high for penalty yards in a game was 82.