Michigan traveled to South Bend to take on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, and it got ugly. Not ugly in an Alabama sense, but ugly in a Michigan v Notre Dame 2008 sense. Michigan outplayed Notre Dame for the vast majority of the game but failed to convert on countless red zone attempts. Depressing bullets:
- Denard Robinson played arguably the worst game of his long Michigan career, throwing four interceptions and fumbling the ball once to go with it. Among his many poor throws was a pass that lead Devin Gardner out of the end zone and into a stand, causing Gardner to limp back to the sidelines.
- Michigan put up 299 yards of total offense, outdoing Notre Dame by 60 yards despite 6 Michigan turnovers to Notre Dame's 2.
- The Wolverines dominated time of possession until late in the fourth quarter. At one point Michigan had around twice the TOP that Notre Dame had.
- The defense played well throughout the game, rendering the Irish rushing attack useless for much of the contest while keeping Michigan in the game. I hated the single-high safety look on the last third down of the game but you can't hold it against Greg Mattison. His boys came prepared.
I'll have a more complete review of the game ready tomorrow. For now just find comfort in the fact that the defense lives on, and try not to wake up too hungover.