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Saturday, September 10, 2011
Irish dominant on both sides through first

By Matt Fortuna

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Recognize these guys?

OK, so the uniforms are different this week. But so are the players wearing them, at least to the untrained eye.

Notre Dame leads Michigan 14-0 after one quarter, which ended with Gary Gray picking off Denard Robinson at Michigan's 39. The interception came two plays after Robinson's 13-yard run, which was the Wolverines' first first down on three series so far.

Oh, and Tommy Rees isn't too shabby himself. The 19-year-old is 8-for-8 with 94 yards and a touchdown pass. Theo Riddick, who has yet to return a punt, has regained some rhythm offensively, catching three passes for 23 yards and a score.

There's a lot of time left, obviously, but this is exactly what Notre Dame needed to do in this type of environment early.