September 14, 2002 - Notre Dame - Michigan XXX


Now up to #20 in the polls and a 2-0 start to the season, Notre Dame welcomed #7 Michigan to South Bend. On their first offensive possession, Carlyle Holiday and Ryan Grant would lead the team 80 yards to the first offensive touchdown of the season.

The game was far from perfect for both teams. Each team lost three fumbles and threw an interception. There were 18 combined penalties. Two of them went against Michigan and resulted in a safety (holding in the end zone) and touchdown (pass interference) to end the first half and give Notre Dame a 16-7 advantage. Michigan would take a short 17-16 lead due to a series of miscues by Notre Dame (a fumbled punt return). Holiday would answer with a pair of long passes and Grant would score a 2 yard touchdown. The two-point conversion failed and Notre Dame led 22-17. Michigan fumbled the ensuing kickoff, Glenn Earl recovered which set up Nicholas Setta's 46 yard field goal.

Michigan would answer with a touchdown to trim the lead to 25-23 and Shane Walton swatted away the two-point try. With 21 seconds remaining and Michigan on offense, Walton would intercept the pass and seal the win.

              1  2  3  4   F
#7  Michigan  7  0 10  6  23
#20 N. Dame   7  9  0  9  25

Holiday would finish 8-17 with 158 yards. Grant had 132 yards and 2 touchdowns on 28 carries. The offense contributed to the win but were assisted by four Michigan turnovers (the Irish also had four).

Notre Dame would be off to their best start to a season, 3-0, since 1996. It also marked the first win against a Top 10 team since beating #5 Michigan to open the 1998 season.




Keywords: football, michigan, carlyle holiday, nicholas setta, ryan grant, shane walton

Posted On: 2013-09-18 00:15:05 by IrishTrpt07

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