ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Well, the game's over, and boy was Michigan happy tp have this rivalry matchup turn out this way.
The Wolverines won 38-0 and held the Fighting Irish below 100 total yards with a more than solid performance from the defense. Defensive tackle Terrance Taylor said after the game that the whole defense as a unit was out to prove a point that they could compete up to the level they set for themselves.
Michigan pressured Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen all day, whether it was off the blitz or just from the front four. Add in three turnovers forced and the Wolverine offense didn't have to do that much.
But Mike Hart did. The senior guaranteed a win and came out with a vengence. He racked up just under 200 yards on the ground, taking the pressure of freshman quarterback Ryan Mallett, who managed a pretty solid game. Michigan coach Lloyd Carr wasn't about to make Mallett be the hero, and Hart gladly set the pace.
This was just the kind of win Michigan needed with the Big Ten schedule starting and Penn State coming to Ann Arbor next Saturday.