Sept. 11, 2010
Head coach Rich Rodriguez won for the first time at Notre Dame Stadium. He lost his previous two head coaching appearances in South Bend, suffering a 35-17 setback during his first season at Michigan (2008) and losing 34-24 during his first season at West Virginia (2001).
Sophomore quarterback Denard Robinson made his first career road start, racking up 502 total offensive yards. He rushed 28 times for 258 yards and completed 24-of-40 passes for 244 yards and one touchdown.
Robinson became the ninth quarterback in NCAA history to rush and pass for 200 yards or more in a game. The last player to accomplish the feat was West Virginia's Pat White against Pittsburgh on Nov. 16, 2006 (220 rushing and 204 passing).
Robinson broke his own U-M record from last Saturday and the Big Ten record for rushing yards by a quarterback. He broke the league record of 217 yards set by Mike Kafka at Minnesota on Nov. 1, 2008. The last 200-yard rusher for Michigan was Mike Hart, who had 215 yards against Eastern Michigan on Oct. 6, 2007.
Robinson had 281 yards of total offense at the half. He rushed 10 times for 174 yards and one touchdown and completed 7-of-15 passes for 107 yards and one TD.
Robinson scored on an 87-yard run around the right side of the formation at 1:56 of the second quarter. It is the second-longest scoring run ever against Notre Dame and the sixth-longest run from scrimmage in Michigan history. The only run on the road longer by a Wolverine was an 89-yard TD run by Butch Woolfolk at Wisconsin in 1981.
Robinson's 87-yard rushing touchdown is the longest in Notre Dame Stadium history. The previous long was 85 yards by a pair of Notre Dame players: Jack McCarthy against Drake (1937) and Eric Penick against Southern California (1973). The only running play longer than Robinson's 87-yard scamper against the Irish was an 88-yard run by Michigan State's Dick Panin in 1951.
Redshirt freshman Seth Broekhuizen recorded his first collegiate point, connecting on the point-after following Robinson's two-yard rushing touchdown with 27 seconds left in the game.
Michigan won the turnover battle against the Irish 3-0 on three interceptions.
Fifth-year senior linebacker Jonas Mouton collected his second career interception and returned it nine yards to Notre Dame's 31-yard line. The play setup Michigan's first touchdown of the contest.
Mouton finished the game with a career-best 13 tackles and one tackle for loss for four yards. Mouton posted double-digit tackles in the first half, collecting 11 stops, one TFL and the interception.
Junior/sophomore strong safety Jordan Kovacs finished the game with 10 tackles. He joined Mouton with double-digit stops in the first half (10). Kovacs gained his second career interception at the 4:38 mark of the third quarter and returned it 10 yards to the Notre Dame 25-yard line.
Sophomore slot receiver Roy Roundtree caught a 31-yard touchdown pass on a seam route from Denard Robinson at 8:06 of the first quarter. Roundtree finished the game with eight catches for 82 yards and a touchdown.
Freshman Stephen Hopkins scored his first career touchdown, a one-yard run over right guard, on the first play of his collegiate career. The scoring play gave Michigan a 14-7 lead at 1:26 of the first quarter.
Junior wide receiver Martavious Odoms had seven catches for a team-high 91 receiving yards. He hauled in four passes for 58 yards in the opening quarter, including three catches for 51 yards on the team's second scoring drive.
Junior/sophomore cornerback J.T. Floyd collected his first career interception at the 6:36 mark of the second quarter. Floyd finished the game with five tackles in the contest.
Redshirt freshman Thomas Gordon made his first career start, earning the nod at the bandit position. Gordon registered five tackles, including four solo, in the contest. He started in place of freshman Carvin Johnson, who missed the game due to a leg injury sustained last week against Connecticut. Gordon recorded his first career sack late in the third quarter, sacking Dayne Crist.