2006 FBL at Notre Dame -- Postgame Notes

Michigan improved to 3-0 on the season. This is the first time since 2003 that U-M has opened the season 3-0 and without a loss during the non-conference season.

The Wolverines ended a six-game losing streak in road openers with the 47-21 win at Notre Dame.

U-M claimed its first victory in South Bend, Ind., since 1994, when the Wolverines won 26-24 on a 42-yard field goal by Remy Hamilton.

The Wolverines' victory ended a three-game winless streak at Notre Dame Stadium and gives U-M an 8-7-1 edge in the all-time series at South Bend.

Coach Lloyd Carr improved to 16-6 all-time against top 10 teams. He is 4-1 against No. 2-ranked squads.

Junior tailback Mike Hart gained 100 yards rushing for the third straight game and 13th time in his career. Hart carried the ball 31 times for 124 yards and scored one touchdown. He finished the opening half with 17 carries for 66 yards. Hart scored his team-leading fourth rushing TD on a two-yard dive in the second quarter.

Junior quarterback Chad Henne directed the Wolverines' passing attack, going 13-for-22 for 220 yards and three touchdown passes to Mario Manningham, including a long of 69 yards in the first quarter. Henne completed 8-of-12 passes for 165 yards and three TDs in the first half.

Michigan held Notre Dame to four net rushing yards on the day, improving its rushing yards allowed average to 20.7 per game.

Sophomore wide receiver Mario Manningham scored a career-best three touchdowns against the Irish. The last time a Wolverine caught three TDs in a game was Jan. 1, 2005, a feat accomplished by Braylon Edwards against Texas in the Rose Bowl. It was the first time that a player scored three receiving scores against the Irish since Texas tight end Pat Fitzgerald tallied three in 1995.

Manningham caught four passes for 137 yards and the three scores. It was the second 100-yard receiving game of his career (106 at Wisconsin, Sept. 24, 2004).

All three of Manningham's first-half receptions went for touchdowns (69, 20, 22). He finished with 111 yards in the opening half.

Senior outside linebacker Prescott Burgess picked up a career-best two interceptions against the Irish, returning the picks 66 yards including a 31-yard touchdown return. He finished the game with five tackles.

Burgess scored his first career touchdown on the game's second offensive play, returning a tipped pass 31 yards for the game's first points. U-M's first two interceptions of the season were returned for a touchdown (12 yards by Max Pollock against Central Michigan last week).

Burgess' initial interception was the first turnover for the Irish on the season and ended a streak of 183 passing attempts without an interception by quarterback Brady Quinn.

Burgess collected his second pick on a fluttering pass, returning the interception 35 yards to ND's four-yard line. Senior kicker Garrett Rivas converted a 20-yard field goal following the turnover.

Notre Dame safety Chinedum Ndukwe picked off Henne's first pass of the game, returning it 51 yards to the U-M four-yard line, setting up the game-tying points in the first quarter. The pick was Henne's first of the season and ended a streak of 56 passing attempts without an interception dating back to the 2005 Alamo Bowl.

Henne and Manningham hooked up for the Wolverines' longest scoring play of the season. Henne found a wide-open Manningham down the right sideline for a 69-yard touchdown pass at 3:53 of the opening quarter. It was the longest TD pass for U-M since Henne and Braylon Edwards combined for a 69-yard score at Indiana on Oct. 2, 2004.

Senior fullback Obi Oluibo made back-to-back huge plays for Michigan following Manningham's first touchdown of the game. Oluigbo stripped David Grimes and Morgan Trent recovered to give the Wolverines possession at the Notre Dame 27-yard line. Oluigbo caught his first career pass, a nine-yard reception, on the first play of the drive.

The fumble recovery by Morgan Trent was the first of his career. Trent finished the game with a team-high six tackles, matching Brandon Harrison and David Harris' six apiece.

Manningham scored his second TD on a 20-yard pass play from Henne at 11:26 of the second quarter. It is the second multi-TD game of Manningham's career, matching his two scores against Penn State last year (Oct. 15, 2005).

Manningham collected his third TD of the first half on a 22-yard pass from Henne on third-and-10. It was the identical play from his previous receiving score except it came on the opposite side of the field.

Michigan's 34 first-half points are the most scored in the opening 30 minutes since the Wolverines tallied 34 against Indiana last season (Nov. 12, 2005). It was also the most points scored against the Irish in the first half since Michigan State tallied 42 in 1998.

The Wolverines controlled the first half of play, out-gaining the Irish 235 yard to 107. U-M gained 70 yards rushing and added 165 passing yards in the first half. Michigan held the ball 18:22 minutes to 11:38 for the Irish. Michigan finished the game with a 340-245 offensive advantage, including 120 rushing yards to Notre Dame's four.

Senior wide receiver Steve Breaston became the Big Ten's career punt return leader with a 17-yard return in the third quarter. Breaston had a season-high 64 yards on four returns.

Rivas tallied 11 points against the Irish, converting field goals from 20 and 33 yards and five-of-six PATs. His only miscue came on a block by Derek Landri. Now with 291 career points, Rivas ranks fourth all-time in scoring at U-M, moving past Remy Hamilton (280, 1993-96). He is 17 points behind Mike Gillette in third place (307, 1985-88).

Senior cornerback Leon Hall picked up his first interception of the season on a diving grab at 7:10 of the final stanza. The pick was the 10th of Hall's career, moving him into a tie for ninth place on Michigan's career interceptions list.

Senior inside linebacker David Harris served as the team's special teams captain against the Irish.

Tyler Ecker, Leon Hall, Garrett Rivas, Brian Thompson and Carl Tabb played in their 40th career game for the Wolverines.

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