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Irish Insights


Irish fall to Wolverines

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Notre Dame's chance to leave with a victory in its last trip to Michigan Stadium for the foreseeable future bounced away with 89 seconds to play Saturday night.

Michigan's 41-30 victory was sealed when Notre Dame quarterback Tommy Rees' pass on first-and-goal from the 6 was deflected into the hands of the Wolverines' Blake Countess as an NCAA record crowd of 115,109 watched.

The series between No. 14 Notre Dame (1-1) and No. 17 Michigan (2-0) will end after next year's game in South Bend.

Notre Dame made things interesting with 12:06 to play as Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner made a bad decision early in the fourth.

After being sacked for a 4-yard loss, Gardner was chased into his end zone. He attempted to avoid a safety by throwing it away, but instead, the throw went to Irish defensive end Stephon Tuitt in the end zone.

Tuitt's touchdown interception withstood a review, and the Irish cut the Wolverines' lead to 34-27 with just more than 12 minutes to play.

Kyle Brindza got the Irish to within 34-30 of the Wolverines with a 40-yard field goal with 9:15 to play.

Notre Dame put itself in a bad spot on Michigan's next drive. The Irish committed pass interference penalties twice on third downs, and the Wolverines cashed in the extra lives as Gardner hit Drew Dileo for a 4-yard touchdown and a 41-30 lead with 4:18 to play.