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No. 2 Alabama Routs No. 8 Michigan 41-14

T.J. Yeldon #4 of the Alabama Crimson Tide runs the ball against Jake Ryan #90 of the Michigan Wolverines at Cowboys Stadium on September 1, 2012 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

T.J. Yeldon #4 of the Alabama Crimson Tide runs the ball against Jake Ryan #90 of the Michigan Wolverines at Cowboys Stadium on September 1, 2012 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) – AJ McCarron threw two touchdown passes and Alabama’s retooled defense showed it could still dominate as the second-ranked Crimson Tide pounded No. 8 Michigan 41-14 on Saturday night.

Even after sending three starting defenders from last year’s national championship team to the NFL as first-round draft picks, the Crimson Tide threw around the Wolverines while stifling and pounding dual-threat quarterback Denard Robinson.

C.J. Mosley returned an interception 16 yards for a touchdown. Dee Milliner had four pass breakups and an interception in the first half that set up a score after he shoved the intended receiver to the ground on the sideline.

This certainly wasn’t what Michigan expected coming off an 11-win season under first-year coach Brady Hoke that ended with the Wolverines’ first BCS victory since the 1999 season.

McCarron no longer has Trent Richardson to hand off to, but T.J. Yeldon and Eddie Lacy both ran for scores.

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