SOUTH BEND, Indiana (WWJ/AP) – Two field goals in the fourth quarter are not enough as the Michigan Wolverines fall to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 13-6 on Saturday.
As heard on the Wolverine’s flagship station WWJ950 - the 11th-ranked Irish (4-0) seek to crack the top 10 for the first time in six years.
Manti Te’o had two interceptions as Notre Dame picked off five Michigan passes and backup quarterback Tommy Rees sparked the Fighting Irish offense for the win over the 18th-ranked Wolverines.
Denard Robinson, who amassed 948 yards of total offense in victories over the Irish past two years, wasn’t as effective this time as the Irish repeatedly forced him into mistakes. He threw four interceptions in the first half, then lost a fumble at the Notre Dame 8-yard line on the first drive of the second half.
The victory by Notre Dame (4-0) ended a streak of three straight games in which Michigan (2-2) beat the Irish in the final 27 seconds.
Notre Dame didn’t give the Wolverines a chance to pull it out this time, running out the clock after a Brendan Gibbons field goal with 3:27 left in the game made it 13-6.
Rees scored the game’s only touchdown on a quarterback draw late in the first half and engineered a late drive that ended in Kyle Brindza’s 39-yard field goal to give Notre Dame a 13-3 cushion.
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