(Saturday, September 13th)
Final Score: Notre Dame 35, Michigan 17
South Bend, IN (Sports Network) - Golden Tate caught four passes for 127 yards and a touchdown to lead the Notre Dame Fighting Irish to a 35-17 victory over the Michigan Wolverines in a non-conference clash.
David Bruton made 15 total tackles for Notre Dame (2-0), and he also forced a fumble to go along with an interception.
Sam McGuffie had 178 total yards and a touchdown in the loss for Michigan (1-2).
Notre Dame got off to a tremendous start, jumping out to a 21-0 lead with just over 10 minutes gone in the contest. After Robert Hughes opened the scoring with a two-yard touchdown run, Jimmy Clausen threw back-to-back scoring passes. The first touchdown pass went to Duval Kamara, covering 10 yards, and the second was a 48-yard strike to Golden Tate.
Michigan managed to cut its deficit to 21-7 late in the first quarter on a 40- yard touchdown pass from Steven Threet to Sam McGuffie.
Just over three minutes into the second quarter, Michigan got a 23-yard field goal from K.C. Lopata.
Notre Dame marched right down the field on its next possession, and the drive culminated with a one-yard touchdown plunge by Hughes. At that point, the Fighting Irish held a commanding 28-10 lead.
Michigan put together an eight-play, 60-yard drive on the ensuing possession, and Kevin Grady got into the end zone on a seven-yard run. That capped the first-half scoring, and Notre Dame led 28-17 at intermission.
During the first half, Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis was knocked over by one of his own players who was pushed out of bounds. Weis sustained a torn ACL and MCL, but he continued to coach with the assistance of a leg brace and crutches.
The combination of strong defense and a rain-soaked field led to a scoreless third quarter.
Early in the fourth quarter, Notre Dame stretched its lead to 35-17 by taking advantage of one of Michigan's many fumbles. Brian Smith picked up a loose ball and raced 35 yards for a touchdown to cap the game's scoring.
The Wolverines fumbled the ball seven times, losing four. The six total turnovers by Michigan overshadowed a 388-260 advantage in total yards.
09/13 19:32:18 ET