Michigan Vs. Notre Dame Final Score: Denard Robinson Puts The Lights Out, 35-31

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Michigan Wolverines are both wildly talented teams, as well as disasters waiting to happen. Saturday night, we got to see all of that and then some.

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VIDEO: Michigan Vs. Notre Dame Highlights, One For The Ages After All

When it was announced that the Michigan Wolverines would be playing a home night game for the first time in their approximately 80,000-year history, and doing so while wearing special faux-throwback uniforms against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, two schools of thought emerged.

The first being that this is a classic matchup of classic programs in a classic setting with an exciting twist, and the second being that neither of these teams is very good at football. It was like being told we all had to go to Grandma's house for a week, and not the Grandma we like, but the one who insists on doing old person things like watching Notre Dame and Michigan.


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But, thanks to the late-game mastery of Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson, we arrived at a happy place of which both young and old could eagerly approve. Grandma's house was awesome! Robinson finished with 432 yards and four touchdowns, offsetting his three interceptions and once again crushing Irish hopes.

Michigan emerged the 35-31 winner, coming back from 17 down in the fourth quarter and regaining multiple final-minute leads. If you're just now joining us, you read that right. The Wolverines became the 2010 Wolverines again after a dabbling into ManBall, turning Robinson loose because they had no other option but to turn Robinson loose. 

Of course, they were helped by the fact that the Irish remained the Week 1 Irish, at one point turning the ball over while a tumble away from a touchdown for the fifth time this season.

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For more, head to Michigan blog Maize N Brew and Notre Dame blog One Foot Down.

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Notre Dame Vs Michigan Final: Denard Robinson Leads Stunning Comeback Win Over The Irish

With his team trailing 24-7 early in the fourth quarter, Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson put his team on his back to score a stunning, 35-31 win over the Notre Dame Fighting Irish under the lights at the Big House.

Robinson recovered running back Stephen Hopkins' goal-line fumble and ran it into the end zone to cut the lead to ten points. On Michigan's next possession, the offense took advantage of a short-field as Robinson hit Jeremy Gallon for a 14-yard touchdown to a cap a 5-play, 40-yard drive to pull within three.

Notre Dame would drive down to the Michigan 7-yard line on their next possession, but the Irish were once again victimized by a red zone turnover as a Tommy Rees fumble at the Michigan seven-yard line was recovered by the Wolverines. Robinson connected with Junior Hemingway on a 45-yard pass that had 15 yards tacked on for a roughing the passer penalty. On the next play, however, another jump-ball throw from Robinson was intercepted in the end zone by Robert Blanton.

Michigan's defense answered the call, forcing a key three-and-out and giving the ball back to Robinson. After using his legs to convert a third-and-two, Robinson hit Kelvin Grady in stride for a 27-yard gain on first-and-10 from the Irish 48-yard line. On the next play, Robinson rolled out to the right before throwing a screen pass back to his left to running back Vincent Smith, who eluded several Notre Dame defenders on his way into the end zone for a 21-yard touchdown that gave the Wolverines a 28-24 lead over the Irish with just over a minute to play.

Following a 34-yard return by wide receiver Theo Riddick, the Irish took over at their own 39-yard line. A 15-yard pass interference penalty quickly got them into Wolverines territory. Notre Dame quarterback Tommy Rees hit Tyler Eiefert for 12 yards and gained five yards on a check-down to T.J. Jones, who stepped out of bounds to stop the clock. After an incomplete pass, Rees hit a wide open Riddick for a 29-yard touchdown to retake the lead 31-28 with 30 seconds remaining on the fourth quarter.

Taking over at their own 20-yard line, Robinson hit Gallon for a 64-yard catch-and-run that gave the Wolverines a first-and-ten at the Irish 16-yard line with eight seconds remaining. Instead of kicking the field goal, Robinson was giving one shot at the end zone and he found Roy Roundtree, who fought off through an interference penalty to make the catch and give the Wolverines a 35-31 lead with two ticks left on the clock.

On the night, Robinson completed just 11 passes, but they went for 338 yards and four touchdowns. Robinson also had a team-high 108 yards and a touchdown on the ground.

Next week, Michigan head coach Brady Hoke has the challenge of keeping his Wolverines focused on their home game with Eastern Michigan, while the Irish host the Michigan State Spartans in South Bend next Saturday afternoon.

For more, visit Notre Dame blog One Foot Down and Michigan blog Maize N Brew.

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Notre Dame Vs Michigan Score: Fighting Irish Lead 17-7 At Halftime

Notre Dame running back Cierre Wood has 75 yards and a four-yard touchdown run to help give the Fighting Irish a 17-7 lead over the Michigan Wolverines at halftime in the first ever game played under the lights at the Big House in Ann Arbor.

Irish wide receiver Michael Floyd added seven first-half receptions for 112 yards as the preferred target of quarterback Tommy Rees, who opened the scoring with a 7-yard touchdown pass Theo Riddick with 9:05 to play in the first quarter. Wood added a touchdown to extend Notre Dame's lead to 14-0 in the first quarter.

Rees is 13-of-22 for 166 yards in the first half, but has been intercepted twice, including once that the Wolverines' two-yard line when he tried to hit a well-covered Floyd on a first down play.

Michigan got on the board when quarterback Denard Robinson completed a 43-yard strike down the left sideline to Junior Hemingway, who made an athletic play to hit the pylon with the ball while being tackled by an Irish defender. Robinson has seven carries for 40 yards on the ground, but has completed just two of his nine pass attempts for 48 yards and was intercepted once in the first half.

The Irish will get the ball to start the second half.

For more, visit Notre Dame blog One Foot Down and Michigan blog Maize N Brew.

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Notre Dame Vs. Michigan Score: New Starter Tommy Rees Slashing Wolverines

Notre Dame Fighting Irish coach Brian Kelly's decision to start Tommy Rees at quarterback this week looks to have been the right move, or maybe they're just playing the Michigan Wolverines defense. Through two scoring drives, Rees was eight-for-eight as the Irish led 14-0 and the much-hyped first-ever night game at the Big House has so far been all Notre Dame. 

Denard Robinson's conversion into a more conventional quarterback has turned up some exciting moments, but it's also delivered an early interception. Robinson has 17 rushing yards, but has completed only one of his four passing attempts.

Recently reinstated Notre Dame receiver Michael Floyd is the leading producer from scrimmage, with 44 yards on three catches.

Rees did eventually cool down, throwing an ugly overthrow and an underthrow before Notre Dame lined up to punt the ball back.

For more, visit Notre Dame blog One Foot Down and Michigan blog Maize N Brew.

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Notre Dame Vs. Michigan Game Time, TV Schedule, Spread And More

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Michigan Wolverines are both wildly talented teams, as well as disasters waiting to happen. Betting men, please stay away.

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