The last scheduled meeting between the Michigan Wolverines and the Notre Dame fighting Irish in The Big House turned into a closer-victory-than-it-had-to-be in another classic affair between the two teams once again under the lights.
The Wolverines jumped out to a 10-0 advantage over the Irish only to watch the Irish come back with two strong offensive series of their own to tie the game at 10 early in the second quarter. The Wolverines though took the lead again on the following possession with a strong 12 play 75-yard drive ending in a Devin Gardner 2-yard touchdown run and 17-10 lead. Notre Dame answered with a Kyle Brindza 24 yard field goal making the score 17-13 Wolverines.
Michigan finished the first-half scoring by extending their lead on a Brendan Gibbons 28-yard field goal and a Gardner to Gallon 12-yard TD pass and a 27-13 halftime score.
The teams traded touchdowns in the third quarter with Notre Dame scoring on a 12-play 90-yard drive ending in a Tommy Rees to Troy Niklas 20-yard TD pass. Then the Wolverines responded with a 7-play, 78-yard drive ending 12-yard TD grab from Gardner to Gallon and a 34-20 lead.
That should have been the game, but a mental breakdown by Gardner thow was chased into the Michigan end zone and instead of taking a safey, Garder tossed a weak pass that was intercepted in the endzone for a Notre Dame score. The game was only 7 points after the successful point after.
But the Wolverine perseverance stayed true in the end and Michigan pulled out an 11-point victory Under the Lights II in The Big House in front of the largest crowd every to see a live college football game. But what else is new in Ann Arbor?
With the victory, the Wolverines improved their home winning streak record under Brady Hoke to 16-0 in The Big House.