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Notre Dame, turnovers leave Michigan drenched

Sep 14, 2008 - 1:21 AM SOUTH BEND, Indiana (Ticker) -- On a wet and wild day, Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis was drenched and in pain - but still smiling.

Jimmy Clausen threw two touchdown passes Saturday and Notre Dame took advantage of six turnovers to defeat Michigan, 35-17, on a rain-swept afternoon.

In the first half, Weis was wiped out on the sideline when an unidentified Notre Dame player collided with him. He suffered a torn ACL and MCL and spent the second half, which was played in monsoon-like conditions, on crutches.

"I have the Tommy Brady injury," said Weis, referring to the season-ending injury suffered last week by the New England Patriots quarterback. "So, Tommy's got nothing on me."

At halftime, the school honored the 1988 Notre Dame team on the 20th anniversary of the Fighting Irish's last national championship. Lou Holtz, the coach of that squad, spoke at Friday's pep rally.

"Today was not Lou and not the '88 team, it was those guys stepping up and trying to earn the respect that Mo Crum was talking about at the pep rally yesterday," Weis said. "They wanted to make a statement that Notre Dame is not some garbage school out there that everyone can (pick) on all the time."

The loss continued a rough transition for the Wolverines (1-2) under new coach Rich Rodriguez. Michigan had trouble holding on to the ball even before the conditions deteriorated in the second half.

"The turnovers, are you kidding me?" Rodriguez said. "I wanted to hurry up, take a shower, get out of here as quick as we can. Obviously, disappointed in our execution."

Michigan running back Brandon Minor fumbled on the game's first possession and Michael Shaw coughed up the ball on the ensuing kickoff. The turnovers resulted in short touchdown drives of 11 and 14 yards and a 14-0 lead for the Fighting Irish (2-0) just four minutes into the game.

"I think the most frustrating thing about today was the unforced errors," Michigan quarterback Steven Threet said. "Too many times we gave them the ball with a short field with turnovers."

Clausen's 48-yard TD pass to a wide-open Golden Tate made it 21-0 later in the first quarter.

"The question (today) was whether or not we would show up in the first quarter," added Weis, whose team had to rally in the fourth quarter last week for an unimpressive 21-13 win over San Diego State.

A game billed as a defensive battle between two struggling offenses began as a shootout, and Michigan climbed back behind the rushing of Sam McGuffie, who ran for 131 yards. The Wolverines closed within 28-17 on Kevin Grady's 7-yard TD run with 5:41 left in the first half.

However, the conditions made it difficult for the offenses, and the only points of the second half came on a 35-yard fumble return by Notre Dame linebacker Brian Smith early in the fourth quarter.

Threet had some success against Notre Dame's secondary, completing 16-of-23 passes for 175 yards and a touchdown.

The Wolverines put together an impressive drive in the third quarter, marching from their 20 to the Fighting Irish's 5 as the rain poured down at Notre Dame Stadium. But Michigan came up empty as Grady fumbled on 2nd-and-goal while trying for extra yardage.

Michigan forced a punt after surrendering one first down and took over again in good field position at its 48, but Smith's fumble return settled the issue.

Robert Hughes paced Notre Dame on the ground with 79 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries.








  • NCAAF FINAL
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    MICHIGAN 7 10 0 0 17
    NOTRE DAME 21 7 0 7 35 FINAL
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: NOTRE DAME - TD, ROBERT HUGHES 2 YD RUN
    (BRANDON WALKER KICK), 3:08.
    NOTRE DAME 7-0
    NOTRE DAME - TD, DUVAL KAMARA 10 YD PASS FROM
    JIMMY CLAUSEN (BRANDON WALKER
    KICK), 4:00. NOTRE DAME 14-0
    NOTRE DAME - TD,

    Sep 13 6:46 PM
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    Michigan 17, Notre Dame 35  4th - 14:50Sep 13 6:13 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD NOTRE DAME
    BRIAN SMITH 35 YD FUMBLE RETURN
    (BRANDON WALKER KICK)
    MICHIGAN 17
    NOTRE DAME 35 14:50 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Michigan 17, Notre Dame 35  4th - 14:50Sep 13 6:12 PM


  • NCAAF END, 3RD QTR
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    MICHIGAN 7 10 0 17
    NOTRE DAME 21 7 0 28 END, 3RD QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: NOTRE DAME - TD, ROBERT HUGHES 2 YD RUN
    (BRANDON WALKER KICK), 3:08.
    NOTRE DAME 7-0
    NOTRE DAME - TD, DUVAL KAMARA 10 YD PASS FROM
    JIMMY CLAUSEN (BRANDON WALKER
    KICK), 4:00. NOTRE DAME 14-0


    Sep 13 6:06 PM
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    Michigan 17, Notre Dame 28  HalfSep 13 5:23 PM


  • NCAAF HALFTIME
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    MICHIGAN 7 10 17
    NOTRE DAME 21 7 28 HALFTIME
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: NOTRE DAME - TD, ROBERT HUGHES 2 YD RUN
    (BRANDON WALKER KICK), 3:08.
    NOTRE DAME 7-0
    NOTRE DAME - TD, DUVAL KAMARA 10 YD PASS FROM
    JIMMY CLAUSEN (BRANDON WALKER
    KICK), 4:00. NOTRE DAME 14-0
    NOTRE DA

    Sep 13 5:13 PM
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    Michigan 17, Notre Dame 28  HalfSep 13 5:13 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD MICHIGAN
    KEVIN GRADY 7 YD RUN
    (K.C. LOPATA KICK)
    MICHIGAN 17
    NOTRE DAME 28 5:41 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Michigan 17, Notre Dame 28  2nd - 5:41Sep 13 4:55 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD NOTRE DAME
    ROBERT HUGHES 1 YD RUN
    (BRANDON WALKER KICK)
    MICHIGAN 10
    NOTRE DAME 28 8:47 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Michigan 10, Notre Dame 28  2nd - 8:47Sep 13 4:46 PM


  • NCAAF
    FG MICHIGAN
    K.C. LOPATA 23 YD
    MICHIGAN 10
    NOTRE DAME 21 11:53 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Michigan 10, Notre Dame 21  2nd - 11:53Sep 13 4:38 PM


  • NCAAF END, 1ST QTR
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    MICHIGAN 7 7
    NOTRE DAME 21 21 END, 1ST QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: NOTRE DAME - TD, ROBERT HUGHES 2 YD RUN
    (BRANDON WALKER KICK), 3:08.
    NOTRE DAME 7-0
    NOTRE DAME - TD, DUVAL KAMARA 10 YD PASS FROM
    JIMMY CLAUSEN (BRANDON WALKER
    KICK), 4:00. NOTRE DAME 14-0


    Sep 13 4:31 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD MICHIGAN
    SAM MCGUFFIE 40 YD PASS FROM STEVEN THREET
    (K.C. LOPATA KICK)
    MICHIGAN 7
    NOTRE DAME 21 1:56 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Michigan 7, Notre Dame 21  1st - 1:56Sep 13 4:25 PM
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    Michigan 0, Notre Dame 21  1st - 4:51Sep 13 4:19 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD NOTRE DAME
    GOLDEN TATE 48 YD PASS FROM JIMMY CLAUSEN
    (BRANDON WALKER KICK)
    MICHIGAN 0
    NOTRE DAME 21 4:51 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Michigan 0, Notre Dame 21  1st - 4:51Sep 13 4:18 PM
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    Michigan 0, Notre Dame 14  1st - 11:00Sep 13 4:09 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD NOTRE DAME
    DUVAL KAMARA 10 YD PASS FROM JIMMY CLAUSEN
    (BRANDON WALKER KICK)
    MICHIGAN 0
    NOTRE DAME 14 11:00 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Michigan 0, Notre Dame 14  1st - 11:00Sep 13 3:58 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD NOTRE DAME
    ROBERT HUGHES 2 YD RUN
    (BRANDON WALKER KICK)
    MICHIGAN 0
    NOTRE DAME 7 11:52 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Michigan 0, Notre Dame 7  1st - 11:52Sep 13 3:52 PM
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