The Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Michigan Wolverines came into this game with two different narratives for the season. For most, Michigan’s defense/quarterback combo was superior to Notre Dame’s defense/quarterback combo. Therefore...
It couldn’t have gone better for the Irish as they took the first drive 75 yards on 7 plays for the first touchdown of the game. The touchdown came on a 13 yard run by Jafar Armstrong. Armstrong — the first of his career.
After the Irish forced a Michigan punt, Notre Dame turned another 7 play drive into a touchdown. This time it was a 96 yard drive that saw Michigan defensive back, Josh Metellus was ejected for targeting Alize Mack with a viscous hit. Mack actually caught the ball, and shortly after found Chris Finke for a 43 yard bomb and a score to make it 14-0 in the first quarter.
While the Irish offense was scoring, the Irish defense was busy shutting Michigan and Shea Patterson down. Notre Dame was able to add another score with a 4 yard TD run by Armstrong to make it 21-3, but the ensuing kickoff was returned by Ambry Thomas 99 yards for a touchdown.
The teams went into the half with different momentums, but the Irish still held a 21-10 lead.
The second half saw more of what the Notre Dame defense was all about as they kept shutting Michigan down. Notre Dame added a field goal from Jusin Yoon in the 3rd quarter to make it a 24-10 lead.
The 4th quarter was all about holding on for dear life with a two touchdown lead and Shea Patterson sitting on the sideline.
That changed when Michigan mounted a TD drive with Patterson back on the field, and Karan Higdon took it in the end zone on a short run.
The ensuing kick was fair caught and Notre Dame went 3 and out in 18 seconds (Michigan used all theee timeouts). Notre Dame punted to the 25, Michigan started their comeback try.
Michigan fumbled. It was beautiful.
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