Sep 8, 2013
Today's announced crowd of 115,109 sets the all-time attendance record for a football game -- college or NFL -- and breaks the Michigan Stadium attendance record. The previous Michigan Stadium record was 114,804, established at U-M's previous home game vs. Notre Dame on Sept. 11, 2011. It also marks the 246th consecutive game of more than 100,000 fans at Michigan Stadium.
The Wolverines improved to 24-16-1 in all-time series against Notre Dame. Michigan has won the last three of the last four meetings in the series. U-M owns a 14-7 mark all-time against Notre Dame at Michigan Stadium, including wins in each of the last four home meetings.
Tonight's victory was the Wolverines' 400th in Michigan Stadium history. Michigan is 400-120-15 at home since the stadium opened in 1927.
Tonight's win is Michigan's 16th straight victory at Michigan Stadium. The Wolverines have not lost at home since falling to Wisconsin on Nov. 20, 2010.
Michigan's first Heisman Trophy winner Tom Harmon -- who played for Michigan from 1938-40 -- was honored before the game as the sixth player in program history to receive the "Michigan Football Legend" designation. Heisman Trophy winner Desmond Howard was the inaugural Michigan Football Legend, honored in 2011 prior to the Notre Dame night game, while Bennie Oosterbaan, Ron Kramer, Gerald Ford and the Wistert Brothers (Albert, Alvin and Francis) were all recognized last season.
In honor of Harmon, senior/junior quarterback Devin Gardner switched from No. 12 to No. 98 for the remainder of his career. A patch over the left upper chest will be affixed to the No. 98 jersey worn by Gardner and all other future players donning Harmon's jersey number. Harmon's No. 98 was formerly retired since the end of his playing year (1940). It is the final formerly retired Michigan football jersey number brought back into circulation.
Stephen M. Ross, who announced a transformational gift of $200 million to the University of Michigan last Wednesday, served as the honorary football captain for the coin flip.
Michigan's volleyball and men's basketball teams, which both advanced to the NCAA Final Four last season, were honored on the field during the first quarter. Former Wolverine great Cazzie Russell (1964-66) was recognized during the third quarter.
Gardner completed 21-of-33 passes for 294 yards and four touchdowns and carried the ball 13 times for a career-best 82 yards and one touchdown. His four passing touchdowns are a career best. The last Wolverine quarterback to throw for four touchdowns was Denard Robinson against Notre Dame on Sept. 10, 2011.
Gardner's 376 total yards rank as the ninth-greatest single-game effort in Michigan program history.
As part of his career-best rushing effort, Gardner recorded a career-long 35-yard run in the second quarter. His previous long was 22 yards last week against Central Michigan.
Fifth-year senior receiver Jeremy Gallon posted career bests with three touchdowns and 184 receiving yards -- on eight catches. He was the first Michigan player to record three touchdown catches since Mario Manningham vs. Notre Dame on Sept. 16, 2006.
Gallon's 184 receiving yards are the most since Roy Roundtree posted a program-record 246 yards against Illinois on Nov. 6, 2010, and the sixth most in program history. His previous best receiving yard total was 145 yards against South Carolina last season's Outback Bowl.
Gallon's 61-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter is the fourth-longest reception of his career -- and second-longest reception for a touchdown.
Gallon has posted at least one reception in 28 consecutive games. He ranks fifth all-time in Michigan's leaders in the category, needing two more to reach the fourth spot, currently held by Mercury Hayes (1992-95), who recorded a catch in 30 straight games.
In his career vs. Notre Dame (three games), Gallon boasted 13 catches for 295 yards and four touchdowns.
Fifth-year senior kicker Brendan Gibbons accounted for 11 points with five PATs and two field goals. With 224 career points scored, he moved to 13th among Michigan's all-time leaders in the category, passing Heisman Trophy winner Desmond Howard (222, 1989-91).
Gibbons established a new Michigan program record with 16 consecutive field goals. He also extended his consecutive PAT streak to 110. He took sole possession of fifth among the Wolverines' career field goal leaders with 33, breaking a tie with Haji-Sheikh (31, 1979-82).
Fifth-year senior running back Fitzgerald Toussaint registered a career-best 31 receiving yards -- on a career-long 31-yard reception in the fourth quarter. Toussaint also posted a season-best 71 rushing yards on 22 carries.
Junior/sophomore cornerback Blake Countess posted two interceptions -- the first of his collegiate career. He returned the first for 30 yards late in the second quarter and caught the second in the end zone with 1:29 remaining in the fourth quarter. The last Wolverine player to reward two interceptions in a game was James Rogers at Purdue on Nov. 13, 2010.
Junior defensive back Raymon Taylor recorded a career-best 11 tackles, including the first tackle-for-loss of his career. Sophomore defensive back Jarrod Wilson also registered a career best with five tackles.