ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The University of Michigan football team will face Notre Dame in a night game for the second consecutive season. Notre Dame and NBC Sports announced Thursday (March 15) the Wolverines and Fighting Irish will play at 7:30 p.m. EDT on Saturday, Sept. 22, at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Ind.

It marks the first night game in Notre Dame Stadium between the two schools since 1990, when the top-ranked Fighting Irish defeated the fourth-ranked Wolverines, 28-24. U-M defeated Notre Dame, 35-31, in the Wolverines’ first-ever night game at Michigan Stadium in 2011. Trailing 24-7 entering the fourth quarter, Michigan scored four fourth-quarter touchdowns, including two in the final 1:12, for the comeback victory.

Michigan has won three consecutive matchups against Notre Dame, with each victory coming in the game’s final minute. The Wolverines hold a 23-15-1 overall series edge.

It marks the first kickoff time set on Michigan’s 2012 schedule. The Wolverines will open the 2012 slate against defending BCS national champion Alabama on Sept. 1 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. U-M then will host Air Force on Sept. 8 and Massachusetts on Sept. 15 before traveling to South Bend. Michigan will have an open date on Sept. 29 before starting the Big Ten schedule at Purdue on Oct. 6.

The Wolverines will hold the first of 14 spring practices on Saturday (March 17). U-M will host its annual Spring Scrimmage at noon EDT on Saturday, April 14, at Michigan Stadium.

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