The 72 combined points were the most in the history of the Notre Dame — Michigan rivalryand the game marked just the fifth time Michigan has scored 30 points or more against Notre Dame.
Jimmy Clausen continued his impressive play, throwing for yards and 3 touchdowns, but it was not enough to offset costly penalties 9 for 75 yardsquestionable play-calling, and an efficient performance by Michigan freshman quarterback Tate Forcier 23 for 33, yards, 2 TD, 1 INT. Clausen threw touchdowns on successive drives—the first to Golden Tatethe second to Michael Floyd —to give the Irish their first lead of the afternoon at 17— The teams traded field goals at the end of the quarter and Notre Dame took a 20—17 lead to the locker room.
A Jonas Gray fumble on the ensuing Notre Dame possession was recovered by Michigan at the Irish yard line, and five plays later, the Wolverines regained the lead on a 3-yard touchdown pass from Forcier to Kevin Koger.
Clausen rallied the Irish with a play, yard drive that culminated with a yard touchdown pass to Golden Tate, and Perte de poids golic jr McCarthy intercepted Forcier on the next series, giving Notre Dame the ball at the Michigan The 7-play drive was capped by an 8-yard Armando Allen touchdown run and a successful two-point conversion run by Allen off a well-executed Statue of Liberty playgiving the Irish a 34—31 lead with a little over 5 minutes remaining.
Allen rushed yards to the Notre Dame 29 for a first down, but Robert Hughes was stopped on the next play for no gain and Michigan used its first timeout to stop the clock at Rather than run the ball and force Michigan to use its two remaining timeouts, Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis called pass plays on second- and third-down, both of which fell incomplete, and the Irish punted the ball back to Michigan having only taken 54 seconds off the clock.
Forcier made the Irish pay for their mistake, coolly driving the Wolverines down to the Notre Dame 5-yard line, where he connected with Greg Matthews for the game-winning touchdown with 11 seconds left in the game.