Michigan Football lost 13-6 to Notre Dame on Saturday night. The Wolverines self-destructed with 6 turnovers and a missed field goal. Denard Robinson fired 4 interceptions and lost a fumble. The loss drops Michigan’s record to 2-2 and will knock them out of the Top 25. Meanwhile, Notre Dame improved to 4-0.
Michigan’s defense played well, holding the Irish to 239 yards of total offense. They also snagged two interceptions, but 6 turnovers are awfully hard for a football team to overcome.
The offense made 5 trips into the red zone and came away with 2 field goals. Denard Robinson finished the game 13-24 for 138 yards with the 4 interceptions. He rushed 26 times for 90 yards. Every time the offense would get some momentum going, they would unravel with a penalty or turnover and couldn’t penetrate into the end zone.
The turning point in the game came in the first quarter with the score tied 0-0. Michigan started a drive back on their own 12 yard line and methodically moved the ball down the field. They had a 1st and goal at the 10 yard line and decided to run a halfback pass. Vincent Smith was getting swarmed and tossed the ball up for grabs which resulted in a Notre Dame interception. If Michigan is able to score a touchdown there, this game might have turned out very differently. Instead, the interception was a foreshadowing of how the rest of the game would unfold.
Michigan’s offense ran 11 plays in the 2nd quarter, 4 of them resulted in Denard Robinson interceptions. After the game, Robinson was humble and apologetic. ”I want to say sorry to everybody who watches football, watches Michigan football and whoever follows Michigan football,” he said. “I want to say sorry and it won’t happen no more. I’m going to be accountable for the rest of the season, I can tell you that much”
On U-M’s first drive of the second half they were trailing 10-0 and started at their own 21 yard line. The first play of the drive was a 31 yard run by Fitz Toussaint which seemed to breathe some life into the offense. They marched all the way down to the Notre Dame 16 yard line and a touchdown felt like a foregone conclusion. However, on a 3rd down and 3 play, Robinson fumbled the ball away on what would have been a first down run.
Michigan’s defense kept rising to the occasion and giving the offense another chance to score a touchdown. It just never happened.
Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o was the best player on the field. The senior tallied 8 tackles and 2 interceptions to lead the Irish to victory.
Michigan heads into their bye week with a 2-2 record and will open the Big Ten season at Purdue on October 6th.