Well that’s that! It’s all over. The rivalry has officially come to an end. At least for a while.
And unlike many of the last historic meetings between Michigan and Notre Dame, the contest played in Notre Dame Stadium on Saturday night was a bit anticlimactic.
The Michigan Wolverines looked ok on offense at times, but horrid on defense. The Notre Dame team lead by quarterback Everett Golson passed up-and-down the field and into the locker room with a 21-0 halftime lead. When the final horn sounded, Notre Dame closed out the rivalry with a 31-0, shutout victory.
The Wolverines were pressured on offense and on defense primary only participated much of the game as the Irish compiled 280 yards on the day. Coach Brian Kelly’s team ran the ball only enough to keep Michigan honest. But really they didn’t need to.
Greg Mattison’s defensed allowed Golson to complete 23 of 34 passes, for 226 yards and three touchdowns. Michigans’ senior QB by comparison passed for 19 of 32 pass attempts with three interceptions and 189 yards.
Michigan ran the ball 35 times for 100 yards, a 2.9 average per attempt.
Brady Hoke’s team was unable to create any pressure on the Irish QB and the Michigan secondary gave up play after play. The Irish converted 7-of-15 third down attempts compared to Michigan’s 4-of-13.
That was as a resounding victory one team could have over another to end a rivalry. The aftertaste of this Wolverine defeat will linger for some time.
More to follow…
Michigan head coach Brady Hoke has has yet to lead his team to a road victory over a ranked opponent. Michigan’s last ranked road game win came in 2006 against an #2 rated Notre Dame.
Michigan was shut-out for the first time in the history of the Notre Dame rivalry. That’s in a series that started in 1887 and has been played 42 times.