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QUICK HITS: Michigan 35, Notre Dame 31

Posted on: September 11, 2011 12:13 am
 

Posted by Adam Jacobi

MICHIGAN WON. The Michigan Wolverines won a thriller in Ann Arbor Saturday night, coming back from a 24-7 deficit in the fourth quarter to upend the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 35-31 in what will be one of the wildest finishes of the year. Denard Robinson was his usual do-everything self, throwing for 338 yards and four touchdowns, and rushing for 108 yards and another score. The two teams scored three touchdowns in the final 1:12 of the game, with Michigan's winning score coming with just 0:02 left on the clock.

HOW MICHIGAN WON: Two words: Denard Robinson. Robinson threw for three of his four touchdowns in the fourth quarter alone (and rushed in a one-yard fumble recovery for the fourth), and he accounted for 237 of Michigan's 240 yards in that final quarter of play. He made throws that required his receivers to make the more athletic adjustment to the ball, and the Wolverines responded admirably; Roy Roundtree, Junior Hemingway, and Jeremy Gallon in particular made play after play on deep passes in the second half, even in heavy coverage.

WHEN MICHIGAN WON: Notre Dame led for the vast majority of the game, and even Michigan's first lead of the game only lasted for 42 seconds. But Denard Robinson led Michigan straight down the field in three plays and found Roy Roundtree on a jump ball in the end zone with two seconds left, giving Michigan its final margin of victory.

WHAT MICHIGAN WON: This victory was inestimably important for Brady Hoke and his charges, as they put together a rally that will be remembered for decades and beyond by Michigan faithful. That it came against rivals Notre Dame and under the lights adds an extra layer of mythic glory to it all. The Michigan offense looked dead to rights in the first three quarters. Now future opponents know the deluge can happen at any moment, even in the new-look Al Borges offense.

WHAT NOTRE DAME LOST: Notre Dame should believe that it had no business losing that game, because it didn't. QB Tommy Rees shredded Michigan all night long, with the Irish racking up over 500 yards from scrimmage (315 passing, 198 rushing tonight) for the second straight game and registering 28 first downs to Michigan's 16. Unfortunately, Notre Dame also turned the ball over five times for the second straight week, with two turnovers coming inside Michigan's 5-yard line and another coming inside the Michigan 30. That's a lot of points coming off the board, and in a four-point loss, those mistakes are fatal. Notre Dame has a lot going for it, especially on offense, but the turnovers cannot continue.

That monumental bad fortune, however, might have an insidious cause: the logos on Notre Dame's helmets were three-leaf clovers, and not four-leaf clovers. What ever happened to the "luck of the Irish"?

THAT WAS CRAZY: The entire fourth quarter. All of it. Everything. College football is the greatest sport in America and this game is why. 

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2012 2:29 pm
 

QUICK HITS: Michigan 35, Notre Dame 31




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QUICK HITS: Michigan 35, Notre Dame 31

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Since: Sep 19, 2007
Posted on: September 11, 2011 11:26 am
 

QUICK HITS: Michigan 35, Notre Dame 31

Michigan did not win b/c of their QB. I'm not saying he didn't play well in the 4th Q but let's be honest. Michigan won because of two words: Notre Dame.  ND stole the show with their incompetent play and mind-boggling blunders. ND beat ND for the 2nd straight week. This should have been a rout but ND keeps getting in their own way. They shoot themselves in the foot, reload and ampty the clip again. It's almost amazing to watch them snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. ND players make mistakes that 12 yrs old's no longer do. ND takes care of the ball and benches #4 and they are 2-0 with 2 convincing vicories and in the top 10 and they hype is on and deserved. But, ND can't. ND has some kind of guilt complex when it comes to success.




Since: Dec 2, 2006
Posted on: September 11, 2011 7:28 am
 

QUICK HITS: Michigan 35, Notre Dame 31

WAS AT THE GAME LAST NIGHT AND TRULY CAN TELL YOU THAT WORDS CAN'T DESCRIBE WHAT IT FELT LIKE TO WITNESS THAT. I STARTED GOING TO GAMES BACK IN 1984 WHEN I WAS 7 AND IN 2084 I WILL BE TELLING MY GREAT-GREAT GRANDCHILDREN ABOUT WHAT IT WAS LIKE TO BE AT THAT GAME. I AM SO GRATEFUL FOR SPORTS, FOR COLLEGE FOOTBALL, AND TO BE ALIVE!! GO BLUE!!!!!THANKS TO MY DAD AND MY LATE GRANDPA FOR STARTING THE MICHIGAN TRADITION FOR ME EARLY , SOMETHING I AM FOREVER GRATEFUL FOR!!




Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: September 11, 2011 4:15 am
 

QUICK HITS: Michigan 35, Notre Dame 31

As an unbiased observer I will say don't let the numbers fool you, I actually watched enough of this game. 'Denard Robinson' aren't the two words that are the reason Michigan won this game. The two words that are the reason Michigan won this game are 'his receivers.' 

Nothing against Denard, even after committing crippling mistake after stupid decision he remained steadfast and didn't lose his confidence in himself or his teammates and just kept attacking. And in the clutch he threw his best pass of the day to an unbelievably wide open Gallon for a 64 yard gain. Though for the most part the quality of his passes were pretty low, the receivers just did an excellent job of fighting for the ball and extra yardage.

But if I were to give a game ball, it would go to the receiving corps of Michigan. Throughout most of the game Denard Robinson looked terrible, he was jacking deep passes into double coverage with regularity. He threw three picks for a reason, however, his receivers made more insane catches than I can recently remember in a single game. Robinson was pretty much throwing up prayers all day, but his receivers made huge play after huge play fighting for nice yardage after the catch as well when they could.

Both defenses were atrocious in this game, the credit to go to who made the most difference on offense. Michigan's receivers really stepped up to the plate in this one. Robinson threw up quite a few bad passes today, yet his receivers came down with an inordinate amount of them. The receivers should get some credit for this win.



Since: Jun 11, 2010
Posted on: September 11, 2011 2:17 am
 

QUICK HITS: Michigan 35, Notre Dame 31

Michigan, no doubt, has a lot of work to do, especially on defense--but Denard Robinson is special. That guy is already a legend.



Since: Jan 26, 2010
Posted on: September 11, 2011 2:03 am
 

QUICK HITS: Michigan 35, Notre Dame 31

Both teams have a pathetic defense and they will be enjoying a LONG season. Kelley is not the answer at Notre Dame just as RichRod wasn't at UofM.



Since: Jan 10, 2011
Posted on: September 11, 2011 1:06 am
 

QUICK HITS: Michigan 35, Notre Dame 31

This was not won by "Al Borges' offense." It was won by going back to Shoelace being the offense. Leave him untied.


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