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Saturday, September 10, 2011
Irish break through in Michigan territory

By Matt Fortuna

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Notre Dame finally capitalized in Michigan territory, something it has had trouble doing since the first quarter.

Tommy Rees hit T.J. Jones on a crossing pattern on third-and-9, and Jones did the rest, taking it 15 yards for the Irish score to make it 24-7.

The touchdown came one possession after Cierre Wood fumbled at the Michigan 29, killing another Irish drive. And it came after Zeke Motta picked off Denard Robinson at his own 31, once again stalling whatever momentum Shoelace tried to generate for Michigan.

Robinson has had difficulty connecting with his receivers all night long and the Irish will need to continue to make him pass. It's been a defensive battle in the second half, something that certainly works to Notre Dame's advantage.