Michigan Rallies Past ND 28-24

Denard Robinson again made his mark on the record books, this time setting a new Big 10 quarterbacks rushing record on the way to 502 yards of total offense. With 500 yards going into the final moments, it was his 2-yard plunge that made the difference.

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- In the final moments of Michigan's contest with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on Saturday at Notre Dame Stadium, Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson took a shotgun snap from the Irish 2-yardline. Over the previous 59 minutes the contest the Michigan signal caller had accounted for 500 yards of total offense. He needed two more.

Robinson found a hole up the defense and powered his way into the end zone to put Michigan back on top 27-24. Reminiscent of his first collegiate score against Western Michigan, Tate Forcier greeted him on the sideline with a flying chest bump. Brendan Gibbons added an extra point to give Michigan the 28-24 lead, and the defense held firm over the final 27 seconds.

In total, Robinson, who rushed for two touchdowns and threw for another, accounted for 502 yards of total offense, 258 on the ground and 244 through the air. Ultimately, he made the difference.

"I've got my shoes untied in honor of Denard," Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez joked after the game. "He kept his poise the whole game, really. He'll be the first one to tell you there's about five or six plays and throws he'd want to have back, some potential touchdown throws and some things that he was seeing it, and he just kind of, he overthrew it or something. But he was really on as far as, again, as far as seeing the field."

While Michigan led for much of the contest, Notre Dame took its' second lead of the game late in the fourth quarter. Dayne Crist, who finished 13-of-25 for 277 yards and a pair of scores, found tight end Kyle Rudolph, who finished with 164-yards, on a 95-yard bomb to put Notre Dame back in front 24-21 with just 3:05 left in the game.

Notre Dame had rallied from a 21-7 halftime deficit behind Crist, who sat the end of the first quarter and the entire second quarter due to injury, to cut the lead to 21-17 after the third quarter before taking the lead late in the fourth.

In the first half the Wolverines opened up a 21-7 lead after the Fighting Irish cruised down the field for a quick touchdown on their opening possession of the contest. Crist punched the ball in from the goal line to give Notre Dame the first lead, but the sneak was costly as Crist sat the remainder of the first half after being rattled with a hit as he crossed the goal line.

"No question it probably stemmed their momentum a little bit. I thought he looked pretty good. I don't know what was wrong. But he looked pretty good when he came back in."

The Wolverines were unable to match the Irish execution on the first offensive series, but the Michigan defense, which came up big for much of the contest, picked off Notre Dame backup quarterback Tommy Rees' flea-flicker and gave Michigan a short field. Right after the Mouton interception Robinson found Roy Roundtree streaking up the middle for a 31-yard touchdown pass.

Michigan added another touchdown on its next possession. Freshman Stephen Hopkins scored his first collegiate touchdown from one yard out late in the first quarter after Robinson found Martavious Odoms deep down the left sideline in a soft spot of the Notre Dame zone.

The Wolverines added one more touchdown in the final minutes of the half after Robinson took a snap from the shotgun, found a seam up the right side, and raced 87-yards to the end zone.

Michigan returns to Michigan Stadium next Saturday to meet the UMass Minute Men. Kick-off is scheduled for Noon and covered on the Big 10 Network.

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