Recap: Michigan 41, Notre Dame 30
No. 17 Michigan 41, No. 13 Notre Dame 30: Devin Gardner and Jeremy Gallon hooked up for three touchdown passes and Blake Countess came up with two key interceptions as the Wolverines won their fourth straight home meeting against the Fighting Irish.
Gardner was 21-for-33 for 294 yards and four scores and rushed for a game-high 82 yards and a touchdown as Michigan (2-0) earned its 400th victory at Michigan Stadium and improved to 16-0 at home under coach Brady Hoke. The Wolverines have won seven of the past eight home matchups against Notre Dame.
Tommy Rees passed for 314 yards and two touchdowns for Notre Dame (1-1), but he also threw a pair of critical interceptions - one that set up a Michigan touchdown just before halftime and another on the Fighting Irish's final possession.
Wearing No. 98 in honor of Heisman Trophy winner Tom Harmon, Gardner threw two first-half touchdowns to Gallon and rushed for a another score to help Michigan build a 27-13 halftime lead. Gardner connected with Gallon again for a 13-yard score and a 34-20 lead with 1:54 left in the third quarter, but he made a careless play early in the fourth, trying to throw the ball away to avoid a sack in the end zone but instead lobbing to a diving Stephon Tuitt for a touchdown that pulled Notre Dame within 34-27.
Gardner capped a 10-play, 75-yard drive with a 4-yard strike to Drew Dileo to make it 41-30 with 4:18 left, and Countess picked off Rees in the end zone to seal it. Gallon hauled in eight passes for a career-high 184 yards with touchdown receptions of 61, 12 and 13 yards.
GAME NOTEBOOK: The crowd of 115,109 is the largest crowd ever for an NCAA football game. … Harmon, who won the Heisman in 1940, was posthumously granted Michigan Football Legend status Saturday with his son, actor Mark Harmon, on hand for the ceremony. … Michigan K Brendon Gibbons has made a school-record 16 consecutive field-goal attempts after connecting from 44 and 38 yards.