Sunday, September 7, 2014

Maize & Blue Kept Off Scoreboard at Notre Dame

The University of Michigan football team fell at Notre Dame (No. 16 AP, No. 15 USA Today), 31-0, on Saturday night (Sept. 6) under the lights at Notre Dame Stadium. Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson completed 23-of-34 passes for 226 yards and three touchdowns.

Graduate student Devin Gardner finished the game throwing 19-for-31 for 189 yards and two interceptions, while Michigan's leading rusher was sophomore De'Veon Smith, who ran for 30 yards on seven carries. Junior Devin Funchess led all receivers with 107 yards on nine receptions.

Notre Dame scored the first points of the game on a one-yard touchdown run by Cam McDaniel with 1:50 left in the first quarter, taking advantage of two defensive pass interference calls against Michigan on the drive. Midway through the second quarter, the Irish converted on a fourth-and-3, before Everett Golson threw a two-yard touchdown pass to Amir Carlisle to cap off a 13-play, 80-yard drive with 3:58 left in the first half. Notre Dame scored again before halftime, as Golson found William Fuller in the end zone with 34 seconds left, giving the Irish a 21-0 lead going into the intermission.

Notre Dame continued the scoring in the second half, outscoring Michigan, 10-0, after the break. Fuller led Irish receivers with nine catches for 89 yards and a touchdown, while Carlisle finished with seven receptions for 61 yards and two scores.

The Maize and Blue won the rushing yards battle, 100-56, and had more total yards than Notre Dame (289-280) but was penalized five times for 50 yards, while the Irish committed only two penalties for five yards.

The Wolverines return home next Saturday (Sept. 13) to take on Miami (Ohio) inside Michigan Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m., and the game will be televised on the Big Ten Network.

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