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September 1, 2014


Michigan and Notre Dame will meet on the gridiron for the 42nd time Saturday in what is the last scheduled matchup between the two historical powers. Both teams enter the game with a 1-0 record after Michigan defeated Appalachian State 52-14 and Notre Dame beat Rice 48-17.

The Wolverines lead the all-time series with the Fighting Irish 24 – 16 – 1, including a 9 – 9 – 1 Mark in South Bend, and of 13 the last four meetings.

Michigan is one of only 13 teams that have a winning record against Notre Dame, and the Wolverines eight win in the series is the highest win differential in any of those series.

Saturday’s matchup will mark the fourth for head coach Brady Hoke against the Fighting Irish. Coach Hoke is 2 – 1 all-time against Notre Dame, including last season’s 41 – 30 victory at Michigan Stadium.

Michigan broke the school’s single-game total offense yards per play record in the season-opening victory against Appalachian State with an average of 10.18 yards per play, breaking the previous standard of 9.05 yards per play, set in 1996 against Minnesota and matched in 2013 against Indiana.

Michigan also broke the program’s single-game rushing average record in the season-opening win against Appalachian State. The Wolverines average 9.72 yards per carry, gaining 350 yards on 36 attempts, to break the previous record of 9.23 yards per carry set in 1992 against Iowa.

Michigan is a perfect 6 – for – 6 in the red zone this season, and has scored a touchdown in five of the six trips in the red zone.

Michigan only at eight third-down plays against Appalachian State, the third lowest single-game total in school history.

The Wolverines scored three touchdowns in a span stretching just three minutes and 11 seconds during the second quarter against Appalachian State to turn a 14 – 0 lead with three minutes and 59 seconds remaining into a 35 – 0 advantage with 48 seconds left before halftime.

Michigan is one of eight teams in the NCAA to block a pot in week one. Redshirt freshman Mike McCray blocked and Appalachian State pot in the second quarter that sophomore Ben Gedeon returned 32 yards for a touchdown.

Michigan’s team completion percentage of 84.2 ranks first in the Big Ten and third in the country, and the teams 218.63 pass efficiency rating is third in the conference and fifth in the nation.

Michigan’s defense held Appalachian State 274 yards of total offense in the first half, including just 11 yards passing. During the first half, Michigan ran 30 plays compared to 28 for Appalachian State with the Wolverines averaging 11.1 yards per play wall holding the mountaineers to an average of 2.6 yards per play.

Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner completed 13 of 14 passes for 173 yards and three touchdowns in Michigan’s 52-14 win against Appalachian State. Gardner’s completion percentage of 92.8 ranks second for single-game in program history. Gardner now ranks first on Michigan’s career passing efficiency rating list at 152.4. He has also thrown 17 touchdown passes and only three interceptions in his last three games and has accounted for least two touchdowns in 15 of his last 18 games.

TE Devin Funchess matched a career best with seven receptions for 95 yards and a career-high three touchdowns against Appalachian State. He became the first wide receiver in program history to register three touchdown receptions in the season opener.

RB’s Derrick Green and De’Veon Smith each recorded their first career 100 yard rushing performances in the win against Appalachian State. Green rushed for 170 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries while Smith posted 115 yards on the ground and two touchdowns.


Michigan-Notre Dame Series Information

Series Record: Michigan leads 24-16-1

Michigan Points: 884

Notre Dame Points: 711

Record at Ann Arbor: Michigan leads 14-7

At Michigan Stadium: Michigan leads 10-6

Record at Notre Dame: Tied 9-9-1

At Notre Dame Stadium: Notre Dame leads 8-7-1

Record at Neutral Site: Michigan leads 1-0

Games decided by 3 Points or Less: ND leads 4-2-1

Games decided by 7 Points or Less: Tied 10-10-1

Longest Michigan Winning Streak: 8 (1887-1908)

Last 10 Games: U-M leads 6-4

Biggest Michigan Win: 38-0 (2003 and 2007)

Biggest Michigan Loss: 35-12 (1943)

Last Michigan Home Win: 2013 (last game)

Last Michigan Road Win: 2010 (Michigan is 0-1 since)

Last Notre Dame Home Win: 2012 (Last Game)

Last Notre Dame Road Win: 2005 (ND is 0-4 since)


Michigan/Notre Dame - Memorable Games

2011 - Michigan overtook Notre Dame in the final 30 seconds as quarterback Denard Robinson completed a 16-yard pass to wide receiver Roy Roundtree with two seconds remaining to give the Wolverines a 35-31 comeback victory in the first-ever night game at Michigan Stadium on Sept. 10, 2011. The lead changed three times in the final minute and a half of the contest, before U-M scored the go-ahead touchdown to end a 30-second, 80-yard drive. 

2006 - Quarterback Chad Henne and wide receiver Mario Manningham connected on three first-half touchdowns as the 11th-ranked Wolverines soundly defeated 2nd-ranked Notre Dame 47-21 on Sept. 16, 2006 inside Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Ind. 

1991 - Desmond Howard’s memorable catch helped U-M earn a 24-14 victory at Notre Dame on Sept. 14, 1991. Leading 17-14 early in the fourth quarter, head coach Gary Moeller decided to go for it on a 4th-and-1 play. Quarterback Elvis Grbac launched the ball on a 25-yard pump-and-go pass to the end zone, and Howard dove for the deep pass, pulling the ball in the corner of the end zone to haul in one of the most famous touchdown catches in Michigan history.

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