The stadium was hot and crowded, but it was worth it - such noise and excitement the stadium hasn't seen for over a year! Our freshman quarterback made a couple of rookie mistakes, but by and large he kept his cool and was very effective. It was immensely enjoyable to watch the team take the lead and hold on to it for the first 3 1/2 quarters.
We were so disappointed with about 3 minutes left in the game. Notre Dame caught up with us and then took the lead. It looked like we were toast! With just 11 seconds to go, Matthews caught a pass in the left corner of the far end zone and so we win!
It was very exciting and we all high-fived for about 2 minutes! The student section hung around long enough to sing The Victors one last time.
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Michigan Stadium)
Score: Michigan 38, #18 Notre Dame 34
Records: U-M (2-0), Notre Dame (1-1)
Next U-M Game: Saturday, Sept. 19 -- vs. Eastern Michigan (Michigan Stadium), Noon
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- With just 11 seconds left on the clock, freshman quarterback Tate Forcier (San Diego, Calif./Scripps Ranch) found senior wide receiver Greg Mathews (Orlando, Fla./Edgewater) along the goal line for a game-winning, five-yard touchdown, sealing a 38-34 victory for the University of Michigan football team over Notre Dame (No. 18 AP/No. 20 USA Today) on Saturday (Sept. 12) at Michigan Stadium. The Wolverines amassed a total of 430 yards, including 190 on the ground and 240 in the air.
Senior running back Brandon Minor (Richmond, Va./Varina) showed up big in his season debut, rushing for 106 yards on 16 carries, including the game's first touchdown. Forcier went 23-of-33 for 240 yards and scored three touchdowns -- two passing and one rushing.
Hooray for our side! Happy fans after the game - here's young George:
Tony and Sharron:
George and Alice:
Meanwhile in East Lansing, Central beat State in kind of a flukey ending. We'll have some sad family members, and some happy ones (Shelly!). We really couldn't lose this game - we would be happy no matter who won it. Go Chips!