There have been some great moments in the rivalry between Michigan and Notre Dame. Tonight’s hair-pulling, standing-two-feet-away-from-your-television 35-31 victory by the Wolverines in the first night game in the Big House might have been the best.
At the very least, the three touchdowns within the last 72 seconds made this game the best of Week 2, and it’s going to take an awful lot to top it as one of the best games of the season.
Of course, when talking about this victory, you have to mention Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson, who despite his three interceptions, managed to win the game with his arm, not his legs. Robinson didn’t have a great night throwing the ball, but had three of his four touchdown passes and over 200 of his 338 yards through the air in the fourth quarter.
Some help from wide open receivers courtesy of the Notre Dame defense didn’t hurt either.
What did hurt the Irish, though, were turnovers. Five turnovers, to be specific. For the second straight week, Notre Dame outgained their opponent in total yards, but failed to capitalize on moving the ball. Tommy Rees, who was named the starting quarterback earlier this week, threw a couple of interceptions and the Irish put the ball on the ground three more times.
Brian Kelly and his team are finding that out the hard way that’ll cost ’em; the Irish could very well be, and probably should be, 2-0 instead of 0-2.
(For Keith Arnold’s take on the Irish’s performance tonight, check out Notre Dame Central)
But even though the turnovers are something the Irish would like to forget, what college football fans everywhere should remember about this game were the big plays and the atmosphere of one of the greatest venues in American sports at night.
It was, through and through, what’s so great about college football.