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Posted on Sun, Sep 23, 2012 : 2:23 a.m.

Notre Dame 13, Michigan 6: A comprehensive guide to our coverage

By Pete Cunningham


Michigan running back Fitzgerald Toussaint misses a pass as he gets tangled up with Notre Dame safety Zeke Motta during the third quarter against Notre Dame at Notre Dame Stadium on Saturday. Michigan lost to Notre Dame 13-6.

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The Michigan football team couldn't come up with any late magic this time around against Notre Dame. After overcoming fourth-quarter deficits over the Fighting Irish each of the past three years, the Wolverines came up short on Saturday, falling 13-6.

Six turnovers on offense -- including four interceptions and a fumble from quarterback Denard Robinson -- proved too much to overcome for Michigan.

With a bye week on the horizon, it will be two weeks until the Wolverines get a chance to get the the taste of the loss out their mouths, but first let's review just how close they were to knocking off No. 11 Notre Dame. Check out our coverage from before, during and after the game.

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Michigan wide receiver Devin Gardner misses a pass during the fourth quarter Michigan's 13-6 loss to Notre Dame. (Melanie Maxwell |

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Notre Dame inside linebacker Manti Te'o celebrates a 13-6 win over Michigan. (Melanie Maxwell |

Pre-Game Coverage

We asked you who you thought would win before the game and 43 percent of the 819 poll participants correctly picked Notre Dame to win, while 18 percent had the correct margin of victory, 7-13 points.

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Mon, Sep 24, 2012 : 4:03 p.m.

Do not fret Mich fans. There is no reason the team cannot run the table in the Big 10. Who is the competition? No one. The conference is a joke this year, but hey it will be an easy championship banner to earn.


Mon, Sep 24, 2012 : 3:01 a.m.

This is great. _ichigan is exposed as the absolutely mediocre team that it is. Robinson is out of the Heisman race (thank goodness we don;t have to listen to that the rest of the year). Hoke is a joke. Ohio State will crush _ichigan. Bama, then ND ... _ichigan will be lucky to go 7-5. Haha.


Sun, Sep 23, 2012 : 9:36 p.m.

The Unexpected Debacle. A big disappointment after the last three games vs N.D. This is a blow to the Borges Strategy which attempts to mix "spread style" with "pro set style" by working on DRob's passing. Would guess that Borges may be forced to turn elsewhere for his all-around QB. We can't blame Denard: it's obvious he's been working on his passing abilities. But until last year, he had the athletic instincts of a running ball carrier - and I think he still does. It might be that assigning DeRob a running back role could force defenses to stuff the box on a more consistent basis, taking away opposing defense flexibility and giving them more vulnerability to a good passer. I doubt that any defense coordinator would dare to "ignore" Denard's presence on the Wolverines' running back corps. Especially since Michigan has more running back talent. Finally, look at what Wisconsin has done with an all-running back strategy: they are higher in rankings right now than Michigan and they won the B1G championship last year. But traditionally, Wisconsin has not recruited and used exceptional QB talent. That's not a limitation Michigan has to worry about - the Wolverines could draw on their strong QB recruiting to create a more balanced, less one-dimensional offense.


Mon, Sep 24, 2012 : 4:19 a.m.

How exactly would putting Denard in at RB force defenses to put more people in the box than DIRECTLY SNAPPING THE BALL TO DENARD?


Sun, Sep 23, 2012 : 9:26 p.m.

As a senior, Denard should be playing better in the road. That was my expectation going into this season. Denard looked as bad as he did as a freshman against Iowa on the road when he had to take over for a banged up Tate late in the game, and Denard threw a pick that ended a great drive. Maybe the loss can't be 100% Denard's fault, but it was at least 80%. The Michigan defense played much better that I thought. Credit the ND defense in rushing and hurrying Denard? No- it was our QB that made some aweful throws. Next game in two weeks on the road at Purdue. Let's hope Michigan gets a win, anyway they can.


Sun, Sep 23, 2012 : 6:01 p.m.

Denard is the Tim Tebow of college football. Lots of heart, lots of talent, being seriously misapplied.


Sun, Sep 23, 2012 : 4:55 p.m.

I just hope that Denard doesn't give away another win on Oct. 20th!

oliver woods

Sun, Sep 23, 2012 : 4:53 p.m.

Brady Hoke will soon follow the path of RichRod. Let him know that San Diego State has an opening for a special teams coach.


Sun, Sep 23, 2012 : 2:47 p.m.

Cheer up fans. A loss to ND is better than win against EMU.

Jello Biafra

Sun, Sep 23, 2012 : 2:41 p.m.

Time to switch Denard to receiver. It's our only hope.


Sun, Sep 23, 2012 : 2:24 p.m.

I know he has a great smile but Robinson is simply not a drop back passer. If Michigan continues to try and force a square peg into a round hole this is going to be a long season. I, for one, will be glad when Hoke will be able to play a throwing quarterback.


Sun, Sep 23, 2012 : 2:07 p.m.

I guess this game officially ends the Heisman talk for Denard.


Sun, Sep 23, 2012 : 2:06 p.m.

Iowa loses at home to CMU. MSU struggles at home against EMU. OSU has their hands full at home with UAB. The always dangerous UTEP scares Wisconsin at home. The flagship team of the Big 10, our beloved UM, humiliates themselves on national TV against ND. Let's face it folks, this is the weakest the Big 10 has ever been. No team is worthy of being in the top 25, and as of now, no team is BCS worthy.


Sun, Sep 23, 2012 : 1:02 p.m.

All things seem to even out--- We have won games against ND that we should have lost and this year we lost a game we should have won.


Sun, Sep 23, 2012 : 12:58 p.m.

It may not mean a thing to anyones bank accounts and Denard was smiling away all the way to the end of the game, but after that Alabama loss in Texas and this showing on national tv, they should be ashamed of themselves. How embarrassing. I wouldn't rank this team in the top fifty.


Sun, Sep 23, 2012 : 12:23 p.m.

Wow- The defense played great and Denard was beyond bad.

Dave Bass

Sun, Sep 23, 2012 : noon

I'm a Spartan but I'm from Michigan. If my team can't do it, the guys down the road can make it good. When that fails, I get ticked! Looks like we can't hang on to the ball and M doesn't have a chance to. Luck to both in the season.

Bob W

Sun, Sep 23, 2012 : 11:04 a.m.

About the only thing you can say about the game is it could have been worse.. much worse.


Sun, Sep 23, 2012 : 10:42 a.m.

Denard is sketchy at best...always has been.