Michigan stopped throwing the ball against Notre Dame, and the Irish entered the fourth quarter holding a slim 10-0 lead.
The Wolverines, who were intercepted on five straight passing plays in the first half, attempted only four passing plays in the third quarter and moved to the Irish's 22 as time expired.
Michigan ran the ball 16 times in the third, but it didn't keep them from giving the ball away.
Denard Robinson, who has thrown four interceptions, fumbled on Notre Dame's 8-yard line on Michigan's first drive of the third.
Now Michigan will start the fourth quarter just outside the Irish's red zone and looking for its first points.