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Notre Dame finally beats Denard Robinson (and Michigan)

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For the past two years, Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson was the unquestioned game-changer when it came to consecutive wins over Notre Dame.

That held up true this year too; “game-changer” was just defined a little differently. Like, responsible for five turnovers differently. Four interceptions and one fumble. Robinson couldn’t protect the ball, especially in the red zone, and No. 18 Michigan fell to No. 11 Notre Dame for the first time since 2008 by a score of 13-6.

For the Irish, it means not having to go 0-for-Denard. No program wants to go 0-for-something (re: Matt Barkley and Stanford), and Notre Dame can cross this off its list. It’s also great for the Notre Dame’s true seniors, who will be able to say they beat Michigan once.

But the game itself? Ugly. One touchdown (a 2-yard run from Notre Dame quarterback Tommy Rees) and eight total turnovers. For the second straight week, Rees had to come in for Everett Golson. Amazingly, Brady Hoke did not pull Robinson over to the sideline and tell him to never throw the ball again.

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28 Responses to “Notre Dame finally beats Denard Robinson (and Michigan)”
  1. polegojim says: Sep 22, 2012 11:21 PM

    Sorry… let’s be honest.. actually Denard beat Denard.

    Michigan should easily have scored 35+ on ND

    Again, pathetic QB work sealed this deal.

    Congrats to ND on the win… that shouldn’t have been.

    I’m so pissed I can’t see straight.

  2. cmb79 says: Sep 22, 2012 11:26 PM

    Correction: ND should’ve scored 35-plus. No reason to rely on Te’o and Company like they did after the way Robinson was gift-wrapping the game.

  3. cometkazie says: Sep 22, 2012 11:29 PM

    Was Robinson actually on some Heisman lists?

  4. polegojim says: Sep 22, 2012 11:30 PM

    Sorry cmb… ND offense didn’t even remotely play well enough to score more than 10 and Michigan D played much better than I thought they would.

    This was a gift win for ND pure and simple.

    All respect in the WORLD for Te’o though. That’s one amazing kid.

  5. polegojim says: Sep 22, 2012 11:31 PM

    @comet… not this year. Not even close.

  6. tigersgeaux says: Sep 22, 2012 11:32 PM

    My parents and neighbors all are celebrating that Notre Dame won, and finally beat Denard. I think polegojim has it exactly correct, though. I think Denard beat Denard. I personally expected much better QB play from Denard, though Notre Dame’s defense can take some credit for that as well.

    Congratulations to Notre Dame for one of the best starts they have had in recent years. The schedule does not really get easier, but they have done very well so far. They do seem to be playing better this season than any season in recent memory. So far, they are winning. The next weeks will be a challenge, like it will be for many teams, including my LSU Tigers.

    My uncle wants me to say: “Go Irish!” so I will.

  7. mentoneirish says: Sep 22, 2012 11:38 PM

    Another feable offensive performance…
    Defense was solid again..
    This becoming a “?” trend..

  8. zemaniak says: Sep 22, 2012 11:44 PM

    Excuses are for losers

    Denard beat denard, golson beat golson, our o line shot itself in the foot, your receivers beat your receivers, blah blah blah

    Suck it up and take it like man , our D shutyoudown just as clearly as we let you walk on us last year

    The better team won, go whine elsewhere

  9. Slim Charles says: Sep 22, 2012 11:50 PM

    Michigan should easily have scored 35+ on ND


    Yeah, that makes sense. “If the quarterback didn’t have a terrible game, the team would have won.” Using that logic you can just dismiss any loss, must be nice.

    “Michigan should have beaten Alabama! All that they needed was for their offense and defense to be much, much better! We gave the game to Bama!”

  10. gards81 says: Sep 22, 2012 11:52 PM

    No ND’S D beat Michigan, keep whining ya Nancy’s

  11. polegojim says: Sep 22, 2012 11:55 PM

    @Slim… nice job OVER stating and not even close on your weak rant.

    Give yourself a thumbs up tho

  12. jgater1981 says: Sep 22, 2012 11:57 PM

    What, is Fielding Yost posting? “we won, but things didn’t fall our way.” Michigan logic strikes again.

  13. scoregasmic says: Sep 22, 2012 11:59 PM

    Remember when Denard was #5 on the heisman list? Hahaha man he’s bad

  14. spreadthecheese says: Sep 23, 2012 12:55 AM


    The only thing worse than losing is losing and saying, “You didn’t beat us, we beat ourselves.”

    C’mon, man. That’s weak.

  15. jgater1981 says: Sep 23, 2012 1:05 AM

    @spread That is Michigan’s MO. It’s NEVER them.

  16. spreadthecheese says: Sep 23, 2012 1:09 AM


    I’m not an ND fan, but I do know this: ND was starting two running backs in their secondary and they picked Robinson off four times. That’s just crazy. And how has ND not given up a touchdown to two ranked teams with offensive players playing in their secondary?

    Michigan fans: own up. You lost. Don’t play the “we beat ourselves” card. Your Heisman candidate got picked off four times by running backs. I don’t know you can spin that.

  17. djeg07 says: Sep 23, 2012 9:49 AM

    best throw of night from um was gardners throw in 1st quarter on reverse. um will benefit next year without a hotdog at qb. just as their basketball team got better after ball hog darius morris left um football will be better with a new qb. never a drob fan but um fan nonetheless.

  18. ernie ernie says: Sep 23, 2012 10:03 AM

    After all these years now with Denard at the helm its easy to see, if you can corral him into passing, you can win. He makes a lot of panic moves that results in turnovers when he is corralled and has to get rid of the ball as evidence last night and in many other games as well.

    I wished Michigan would have just inserted him in the backfield as a runner and put Devin Gardner in at QB, I think that would have been a very interesting combination to try and defend.

    With work, possibly at top ten team maybe, who knows. This team should end up 18 to 25th by the end of the year.

  19. lebron322 says: Sep 23, 2012 10:07 AM

    What a game don’t you think plus Denard Robinson threw 4 interceptions plus Tommy Rees Ran in for a Notre Dame Touchdown and Notre Dame with a 13-6 victory over the Michigan Wolverines

  20. onbucky96 says: Sep 23, 2012 10:28 AM

    Can we, the rest of America outside Michigan, stop hearing how good Robinson is? You’d better run the option and let him run around if he’s your QB. He doesn’t have the passing skills needed to run a standard or spread offense. If you think otherwise, perhaps you can explain the 3 interceptions that weren’t Hail Mary related.

  21. jokoneski says: Sep 23, 2012 10:37 AM

    Either way, the game shouldn’t even been on tv…embarrassing play by both, no matter who won the game…the winner comes out over ranked. Great frontline D by both teams…other than that, we shouldn’t over state anything bout this game

  22. vincentbojackson says: Sep 23, 2012 10:38 AM

    That game was incredibly hard to watch. Both teams look extremely flawed.

    How does ND squeak out a win when they’re playing at home and go plus-4 in turnovers?

    ND’s marquee wins are currently over a two loss Michigan team and a MSU team that had trouble with Eastern Michigan.

  23. cometkazie says: Sep 23, 2012 10:55 AM

    spreadthecheese says:
    Sep 23, 2012 1:09 AM

    Michigan fans: own up. You lost. Don’t play the “we beat ourselves” card. Your Heisman candidate got picked off four times by running backs. I don’t know you can spin that.

    As someone said in another thread, “Moral victories are for losers.”

    ND picked up on what ‘Bama did: Keep the guy in the pocket and you will make him look a fool.

  24. akxww222 says: Sep 23, 2012 10:57 AM

    Dear MI Fans

    I am sorry you “beat yourselfs”. Have the common decency to at least think about the last two years prior. There might have been one ND fan that was not “right” in the head, to post somthing as asinine as “we beat ourselfs”!!

    confucius says, “Never impose on others what you would not choose for yourself.”
    It’s the “Golden Rule” and the essence of real compassion. Not compassion as in looking down on someone and have pity for another, this is no real compassion. Compassion means seeing another person 100% equal to yourself (in value, not in differentials on the surface which ultimately do not matter). In fact it is seeing yourself in every other person. And therefore you cannot harm anyone without also harming yourself.

    It doesn’t mean to lose individuality or self-worth, on the contrary – but the other person earns the same gift.

    win is a win “you can figure out the rest”

  25. packhawk04 says: Sep 23, 2012 12:40 PM

    All i know is this, if notre dame wins 13-6 with 6 turnovers by michigan, at home, i hope they dont have to play ANY sec team. It would be ugly.

  26. irisheyesnate says: Sep 23, 2012 2:35 PM

    Oh yeah, go hamburger as joke would say!

  27. maynardstool says: Sep 23, 2012 2:37 PM

    Isn’t “Michigan logic” an oxymoron?

  28. dkhhuey says: Sep 25, 2012 12:57 PM

    This game was just plain ugly to watch!

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