The Michigan/Notre Dame rivalry added a new chapter saturday night in the first night game at the Big House in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Both teams wore throwback uniforms for this historic event. College football fans weren’t disappointed as they were treated to an instant classic that saw three touchdowns in the final 1:12 of the game.
With Michigan trailing 24-21, Denard Robinson connected with WR Vincent Smith for a 21 yard touchdown with 1:12 remaining in the game. Now it was Tommy Rees’ turn. The freshman would march the Irish down the field, culminating with a 29 yard touchdown pass to Theo Riddick to put ND up 31-28 with 42 seconds left. With Rees taunting the Wolverine fans on the sidelines, it seemed as if Rees had his career defining moment.
Denard Robinson had other plans in his house. On just three plays Robinson capped off a 80 yard drive with a 16 yard touchdown pass to Roy Roundtree to give Michigan a 35-31 lead. The TD reception was Roundtree’s only reception of the game. With only 3 seconds remaining, Notre Dame muffed the kickoff and the game was over.
Denard Robinson completed only 11 passes but for 338 yards and 3 touchdowns. Robinson rushed for 108 yards and 1 touchdown. Robinson did throw two interceptions. WR Junior Hemingway caught 3 passes for 165 yards and a touchdown.
Tommy Rees led Notre Dame with 315 yards passing, while throwing 3 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. Star receiver Michael Floyd had 13 receptions for 159 yards while Theo Riddick caught 2 touchdown passes. RB Cierre Wood rushed for 134 yards and a touchdown.
Michigan improves to 2-0 with the win, while the loss drops Notre Dame to 0-2.