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Instant Analysis: Michigan 6 - Notre Dame 13

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It was that kind of night. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
It was that kind of night. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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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.