It was a historic night at Michigan Stadium, and not just because the Fighting Irish and the Wolverines were playing under the lights for the first time.
In what may likely be the most dramatic game of the college football season, Michigan defeated Notre Dame thanks to an amazing comeback and some heroics in the final moments of the game, 35-31, in front of an NCAA-record crowd of 114,804.
Michigan scored 28 fourth-quarter points led by star Denard Robinson. The Wolverines quarterback threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to Roy Roundtree with two seconds left to lift Michigan to the win.
Robinson completed only 11 passes, but four were for touchdowns, and he ran for the fifth touchdown. Though he had three interceptions, Robinson terrorized Notre Dame as he did last year by throwing for 338 yards, and rushing for 108 on 11 carries.
The Fighting Irish received strong performances from running back Cierre Wood, who rushed for 134 yards on 25 carries, and wide receiver Michael Floyd, who had 13 receptions for 159 yards. Wood, however, had a costly fumble in the third quarter on Michigan's 29-yard line.
Tommy Rees completed 27 of 39 passes for 315 yards, but threw two interceptions, one near the end zone, and fumbled deep in Michigan territory.
Notre Dame had 508 total yards, but had five turnovers, compared to Michigan's 452 total yards, and three turnovers. The Fighting Irish were up 24-7 going into the fourth quarter before things fell apart.
Michigan have now beaten Notre Dame three straight times for the first time since 1908.
That was an exciting football game, Michigan head coach Brady Hoke said. Both teams fought for 60 minutes. It wasn't pretty at times on both ends, but as I told my players, it's great to win.