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Irish Insights

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    Three more Notre Dame players were named to watch lists.
  • Brindza on Lou Groza watch list
    Notre Dame's Kyle Brindza was named to the preseason watch list for the 2014 Lou Groza Award. The Lou Groza Award is given annually to the nation's best placekicker.
  • Two more Irish land on watch lists
    Notre Dame center Nick Martin was placed on the watch list for the Rimington Trophy, given annually to the nation's best player at that position.

Rough without Crist

Notre Dame found out life without Dayne Crist is pretty rough.

Crist sat out the last 8-plus minutes of the first quarter with an eye injury, and he didn't start the second quarter either with Michigan leading 14-7.

Freshman Tommy Rees threw an interception that set up the Wolverines' first touchdown in his first series, and he went three-and-out on his next series.

Junior Nate Montana, who started the second quarter at quarterback, went three-and-out on his first series and picked a first down on his second series that spanned the first and second quarter.

Michigan's touchdowns came because of passes to wide open players as Roy Roundtree scored on a 31-yard reception, and Martavious Odoms' 31-yard catch setup a 1-yard TD run by Stephen Hopkins.

Notre Dame got in the end zone twice before scoring its first touchdown on its first drive.

Crist got in the end zone on a 12-yard scramble, but the touchdown was called back because of an illegal block in the back by Armando Allen.

Three players after that, Kyle Rudolph reached out for the pylon after a short catch, but it was ruled he was pushed out of bounds right in front of the goal line.

Crist finally scored on a 1-yard sneak for a 7-0 lead.