IrishEyes' onsite observations of today's third quarter vs. the Wolverines

A quick review of third quarter action:
  • Johnson and Te'o give the Irish a quick breath to start the quarter. Future opponents might steer clear of the receiver screen with Te'o in the vicinity.
  • Dayne Crist gives the crowd and the offense a shot of adrenaline with a deep sideline strike to T.J. Jones for a score. Jones became the first freshman receiver to score a touchdown in both of his first two career games.
  • Kapron Lewis-Moore dominates for the tackle-behind-the line, further firing up the Irish faithful. KLM and Ian Williams combine to stop Robinson on a designed draw, forcing a Wolverines punt. Momentum: Irish.

  • Longest run of Allen's career: 29 yards though it looked like it should have gone for 60+
  • Nice stab by Floyd to set up the Irish inside the 10-yard line. Floyd and Crist are not quite in sync yet as a passing combination.
  • This is why you kick the field goal to end the first half, rather than panic and attempt a roll-out with a former walk-on QB. ND completes the drive with a field goal: 21-17 Michigan. Consider that drive a win for the otherwise reeling Wolverines.

  • Te'o announced his presence with authority on a 1st and 10 designed draw for Robinson. Hits like those will add up on the QB as the season progresses.
  • Harrison Smith saves another touchdown by not allowing himself to be blocked on Robinson's 19-yard scamper. Smith followed with a one-yard stop of Robinson on the edge on the ensuing play.
  • Robinson is the quickest player in college football and there might not be a No. 2
  • We knew this going in, but Michigan has a terrible kicking game. ND holds and the score remains 21-17. Huge win for the Irish D with a gift kick wide right.

  • Crist's extension of a play with a nifty scramble backfires as Jonas Mouton makes another play in pass coverage, deflecting a pass that results in a Kovacs interception. Michigan ball at the Irish 25-yard line.
  • Te'o has to make that catch in pass coverage
  • I have idea why the Irish use a base defense on 3rd and 18, but the Wolverines fail to capitalize, missing a deep post pattern (Motta in position). Robinson pooch punts to the 4-yard line on 4th down to further round out his stellar afternoon.

  • Allen is an absolute gamer: runs of 9, 12 and 3 to get the Irish out of the shadow of their own goal.
  • Crist can't escape a sack, pushing the Irish back inside their own 20-yard line, facing a 3rd and 18…the poised QB then hit Jonas Gray to mitigate the damage entering 4th down.

End of the 3rd Quarter: Michigan 21 Notre Dame 17 Top Stories