Michigan checked off three boxes on Saturday night in the form of a rivalry win, a top ten win, and a win as an underdog (in some sportsbooks) by throttling the Notre Dame Fighting Irish by a score of 45-14. The reactions were, as you would expect, rowdy.
Here’s what the media, players, and more have to say after the victory that sent Michigan to 6-2 on the season.
Tweet of the Night
Good luck finding a better reaction to Michigan’s drubbing of the Irish than this.
Dear @NDFootball, we need to take a break. We’ve been doing this for a while now and we need our space. We’re glad we could end on good terms, thank you for not being defensive. Let’s keep in touch and maybe we’ll try again in 14 years if you’re still independent.— Michigan Athletics (@UMichAthletics) October 27, 2019
MGoBlog posts, as the kids would say, a “mood.”
The Michigan Insider’s Sam Webb says this is progress no matter how you slice it.
As thorough a pounding as this offense has delivered in a while. Consider for a moment that ND had limited other good running attacks, and the passing game was nullified by weather. And #Michigan STILL ran it down ND's throat. Even the harshest critic has to call that progress.— Sam Webb (@SamWebb77) October 27, 2019
This set of circumstances alone makes it impressive.
Do believe Michigan kicked off as an underdog today.— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) October 27, 2019
And won by 31.
The team was obviously fired up over Saturday night’s turn of events.
Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit are labeling this a dud by the Irish.
Strong stuff from @UMichFootball tonight - satisfying rebound for the just the 2nd Top 10 win under Harbaugh... but disappointing No-Show by @NDFootball (as Kirk perfectly put it). Can’t blame it all on the weather. I Hoped for much more in last series meeting until 2033..— Chris Fowler (@cbfowler) October 27, 2019
Former Michigan OL Grant Newsome loved the effort, as well.
Big Time Win! Proud of all the guys’ hard work and want to say a big thank you to all the fans who came out and kept the Big House loud all night long! https://t.co/p2P4UjcYqG— Grant Newsome (@grant_newsome) October 27, 2019
Michigan 2020 safety commit Jordan Morant chimes in.
Jim Harbaugh respects the effort and the preparation of his players.
Harbaugh: so much respect for the players... some of the recent tests and the growth that has come from that... it all led to a great victory tonight— Sam Webb (@SamWebb77) October 27, 2019
NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year candidate Devin Bush took notice.
Donovan Peoples-Jones did his part with a touchdown reception in the game to start putting it out of reach.
Legggoooooo— Donovan Peoples-Jones (@dpeoplesjones) October 27, 2019
Cam McGrone, arguably the defensive MVP for the game, keeps it simple.
Michigan travels to Maryland for a noon kickoff next Saturday before a bye week on Nov. 9. After that comes another rivalry showdown with Michigan State, a road trip to Indiana and then a date with the Ohio State Buckeyes to close out the year.