No. 11 ND beats No. 18 Michigan, 13-6
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — No crazy comebacks this year by Michigan against Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish didn't even let Denard Robinson and the Wolverines get into the end zone this year.
Manti Te'o had two interceptions as the 11th-ranked Fighting Irish picked off five Michigan passes and forced a fumble and backup quarterback Tommy Rees sparked the Notre Dame offense in a 13-6 win over the Wolverines Saturday night.
"A great team win for our guys," Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said. "Defensively what can I say? Six turnovers, limited who we felt is one of the most dynamic offensive players in the country to no touchdowns. Just an incredible performance by our defense."
Robinson, who amassed 948 yards of total offense in victories over the Irish past two years, wasn't as effective this time around as the Irish repeatedly forced him into mistakes. He threw four interceptions in the first half, then lost a fumble at the Notre Dame 8 on the first drive of the second half.
The Irish (4-0) are off to their best start since 2002 and took another step in trying to re-establish themselves as a college football power. It was a setback for Michigan (2-2), which lost its eighth straight road game against ranked teams since beating second-ranked Notre Dame 47-21 in 2006.
The victory ended a streak of three straight games in which Michigan beat the Irish with a score in the final 27 seconds.
"As much as we would have liked to have executed better on offense, give Michigan a lot of credit," Kelly said. "They did a very good job defensively, and we knew we were going to be in for this kind of close, tough, hard-nosed football game, and proud of the way our guys pulled it off."
Robinson apologized to Michigan fans, saying it was the worst game of his career.
"It won't happen no more. I'm going to be accountable for the rest of the season. I don't want to feel like this no more. In the 22 years I've been living, this is the most disappointed I've ever been in myself," he said.
Robinson finished 13-of-24 passing for 138 yards and also rushed for 90 yards on 26 carries.
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