Michigan Wins Shootout 38-34

No. 18 Notre Dame came to Michigan Stadium with a chance to improve to 2-0 and beat the Wolverines for the second straight year. Instead the Wolverines pulled out a monumental win in the final seconds to stun the Irish 38-34. Tate Forcier led the Wolverines with 240 yards and two touchdown passes.

ANN ARBOR – In a game that saw a young Michigan football team experience both ups and downs, for the second straight week it was the Wolverines true freshman quarterback that made the difference.

Tate Forcier threw for 240 yards and two scores, including the game-winner with just 11 seconds left on the clock, plus ran for another as the Wolverines downed No. 18-ranked Notre Dame 38-34 on Saturday afternoon at Michigan Stadium.

Notre Dame had trailed 31-20 early in the fourth quarter, but rallied its way to a pair of scores to climb back on top 34-31 with just over five minutes left on the clock to set the stage for the Wolverines dramatic win.

"It was a great ball game. Some big time plays by both teams. Glad we came out on top," Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez said. "I've been in a few games like this, but this thing you can almost sense it was going to go down to the last play, and it did."

Following a pair of incomplete passes the favored Irish were forced to punt the ball back to Michigan with just more then two minutes left on the clock. The Wolverines started on their own 43-yardline and a pair of timeouts.

A completion to Greg Mathews moved the ball into Irish territory on the first play of the drive. Then Forcier found Martavious Odoms on two straight passes to move the ball to the Irish 28 with less then one minute to play. Michigan moved it to the 22-yardline with a completion to Laterryal Savoy, then, following Michigan's final timeout, Forcier dodged a Notre Dame blitz and found Savoy again, this time moving the ball inside the Notre Dame 10-yardline.

Two plays later Forcier once again found Mathews, this time on the left side of the goaline as the Wolverines pulled on top for good.

"Everything around him may be going crazy, and yet he's still calm in the middle of the storm," Rodriguez said on quarterback Tate Forcier. "Some guys have that quality and he's one of them. A lot of guys make some plays for him, and I was proud of the way he hung in there."

In the early part of the game it looked as if Michigan would win going away. The Wolverines jumped out to an early 14-3 lead behind a touchdown run from Brandon Minor and a 94-yard kick-off return by Darryl Stonum.

Notre Dame turned the momentum, however, in the second quarter outscoring the Wolverines 17-3. Jimmy Clausen tossed a pair of touchdowns, one each to Golden Tate and Michael Floyd, to climb on top 17-14. At the half the Irish led 20-17.

Momentum once again swung the Wolverines way in the third quarter. Forcier found Kevin Koger on third and goal following a Jonas Gray fumble gave Michigan the ball inside Notre Dame territory. Then, just seconds into the final quarter, Forcier took a snap out of shotgun on fourth and three and froze Irish linebacker Darius Flemming and scampered 31-yards to the endzone to put Michigan on top 31-20.

Clausen found Golden Tate from 11-yards out to bring Notre Dame back within four. Armando Allen then ran the ball in from 8-yards out following Forcier's first interception of the season to go up 34-31.

The Wolverines are now 2-0 on the season and look to improve to 3-0 next week against Eastern Michigan. Gametime is scheduled for noon with the game being covered by the Big 10 Network.

The Michigan Insider Top Stories