Sunday, September 23, 2012

Notre Dame Marches on to Victory

Tommy Rees celebrates in the end zone with Notre Dame wide receiver Robby Toma after scoring a touchdown against Michigan during the first half. (Nuccio DiNuzzo, Chicago Tribune)

Who would have ever guessed that Notre Dame would be 4-0 to start the season, with signature wins over both Michigan State and Michigan? The Notre Dame defense was unstoppable yesterday, intercepting four of Denard Robinson's passes and keeping yet another team from the state of Michigan from scoring a touchdown. They came out on top, for a fourth straight week, beating Michigan by a score of 13-6 on Saturday.

On a day that was supposed to be a Heisman spotlight day for Denard Robinson, he issued an apology to Michigan fans following the game. "I want to say sorry to everyone who watches Michigan football and follows Michigan football," Robinson said. "It won't happen no more. I'm going to be accountable for the rest of the season. I don't want to feel like this no more. In the 22 years I've been living, this is the most disappointed I've ever been in myself." Quite a disappointing day for Robinson, who was also celebrating a birthday yesterday.

Michigan coach Brady Hoke said he never once considered pulling Robinson from the game. "The guy has done a pretty doggone good job being a quarterback at Michigan and made some good throws in the first half," Hoke said. "You know, just better decision making and move forward."

Robinson finished 13-of-24 passing for 138 yards and also rushed for 90 yards on 26 carries.

Notre Dame finished the first half with a 10-0 lead, despite having their own share of bad passes and penalties.

Everett Golson had a rough start on Saturday, and was replaced by Tommy Rees in the middle of the second quarter after throwing two interceptions, one in each quarter. Golson, had his worst start of the year, completing only 3-8 for 30 yards.

Tommy Rees delivered immediate results upon entering the game, driving the team 48 yards, completing 3 of 4 passes in his initial drive, before running in for a 2-yard touchdown increasing the  Irish to 10-0. Tommy Rees finished the day 8-11 for 115 yards, leading the Irish to their first win over Michigan since 2008.

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