For the last time (at least for awhile), Notre Dame faced off against the Wolverines in the Big House. This is fortunate for Notre Dame because the Irish have only won in Ann Arbor once since 2002.
Notre Dame did not come to play from the first whistle. The Wolverines jumped on the Irish quickly when they got out to a 10-0. From that point, Notre Dame was chasing the game. On the touchdown pass to Jeremy Gallon, Notre Dame did something that they did not do last year, missed tackles.
Michigan scored 27 points in the first half, 2 x their total last year against the Fighting Irish. The Defense surrendered 268 yards. Tommy “Touchdown” turned into Tommy “Turnover” when he rolled right and was intercepted by Blake Countess.
The Defense played better in the second half only allowing 14 points and 192 yards. Additionally, Defensive End Stephon Tuitt contributed to the cause with an interception for touchdown. Tuitt truly showed great athleticism. It is easy to see why scouts are so high on him. But, breaks did not seems to go their way. Two pass interference calls, which were debatable, cost Notre Dame down the stretch.
The Offense played well after the first two drives. They gained 410 yards and scored 30 points. However, when Notre Dame throws the ball 53 times per game, they will most likely lose.
Notre Dame moves on to play Purdue next weekend in West Lafayette.