BTN.com staff, September 22, 2012
Manti Te'o had two interceptions as No. 11 Notre Dame picked off five Michigan passes and backup quarterback Tommy Rees sparked the Fighting Irish offense in a 13-6 win over the 18th-ranked Wolverines Saturday night. Denard Robinson, who amassed 948 yards of total offense in victories over the Irish past two years, wasn't as effective this time as 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.
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FINAL: After building a 10-point lead, No. 15 Notre Dame withstood a comeback by No. 17 Michigan and managed to pull out a 13-6 victory on Saturday at Notre Dame Stadium. The offenses for both the Fighting Irish and the Wolverines struggled throughout the game. The teams combined for only 537 total yards.
Tommy Rees carried the offensive load for Notre Dame, piling up two rushing yards and one touchdown on one attempts. Denard Robinson did his best to carry Michigan's offense, turning 25 carries into 94 rushing yards.
Manti Te'o showed good hands on defense for the Fighting Irish, picking off two Michigan passes. He intercepted Robinson on third-and-12 during a key drive in the second quarter.
Notre Dame finished with 239 total yards, including 145 yards passing while completing 11 of 19 attempts. The Fighting Irish's rushing attack contributed just 94 yards to the total, with the tally coming on 31 carries.
The Wolverines' offense finished the game having gained 298 yards, including 137 passing yards on 13 completions. Michigan also moved the ball on the ground, earning 161 yards on 41 attempts.
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