Quinn Is Hard On Himself Following Loss

SOUTH BEND - Brady Quinn is his harshest critic, and the senior signal-caller ripped into himself following his poor performance in No 2 Notre Dame's 47-21 loss to No. 11 Michigan, Saturday. Quinn was pressured most of the afternoon, completing 24-of-48 passes for 234 yards, with three touchdowns and three crucial interceptions.

"Obviously I would say it's right down there at the very bottom," Quinn said ranking his performance. "But again we said all last week, we're working on things, fundamentals and techniques, different things and obviously we still have a lot of work to do."

Quinn had four turnovers in the game, leading to 17 Michigan points. Prescott Burgess picked off his first pass and returned it 31 yards for a score. Burgess later intercepted a Quinn throw and ran 35 yards to set up a field goal. Leon Hall had an interception, and LaMarr Woodley scooped up a ball that slipped out of Quinn's hand and ran 54 yards for the game's final points.

After playing well in a victory over Penn State last season, Quinn appeared ready for a breakout game on the national stage. However, the Wolverines defense was able to limit the Irish star for the third consecutive year. The three interceptions Quinn had on Saturday were the most he has thrown in a game since the Michigan game two years ago when he completed just 10-of-20 passes for 178 yards and two touchdowns in an Irish win.

Quinn passed for 140 yards and two touchdowns last year in Ann Arbor, also a win. This time Notre Dame wasn't so lucky.

"It's not just Brady, it's going to take the whole team whether it's offense, defense or whatever, it's going to take everyone to look at themselves and critique themselves in the film and see what they got to do to be better next week," receiver Jeff Samardzija explained.

*Fullback Asaph Schwapp didn't play because of injury. His replacement, senior Ashley McConnell made his first career start. He made his first career reception, a three-yard score that tied the game at seven.

*Running back Darius Walker rushed for 115 yards and two touchdowns in his collegiate debut against Michigan two years ago. Last year he went for 104 yards in helping the Irish to a win. Michigan coach Lloyd Carr knew he had to stop the Irish tailback on Saturday. Walker rushed for just 25 yards on 10 carries and caught seven passes for only 35 yards.

"We felt we had to do a great job on Walker because in all the games I've seen, you know, when it really gets down to it, they hand him the ball or they throw him the ball."

"I definitely know that we didn't play anywhere close to what we expected," Walker began. "Everyone saw the game, they beat us up on everything, special teams, offense, defense, we didn't do anything. I know I didn't play well so there is definitely a lot of things I could have done to help the team win."

"It hurts, there isn't any other way to describe it. It's disheartening, really to come out and expect to play well, really be prepared for everything that's going to happen and then get out there and not play well, it hurts."

*Sophomore quarterback Evan Sharpley entered the game and threw the first pass of his collegiate career. He completed the pass for seven yards to Robby Parris, the first reception of the freshman's career.

*Saturday's meeting was the first in which both Notre Dame and Michigan were ranked in the nation's top-12 since Sept. 10, 1994. In that game, No. 6 Michigan edged the third-ranked Irish, 26-24, on Remy Hamilton's game-winning field goal at Notre Dame Stadium.

*Notre Dame had won the three previous games played against Michigan in South Bend. Lloyd Carr improved to 4-4 against the Irish. This was his first win at Notre Dame Stadium.


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