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Michigan Vs. Notre Dame 2012: Despite Loss, Wolverines Defense Played Well

Somewhat lost in the aftermath of the Michigan Wolverines' 13-6 loss to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on Saturday is the fact that Michigan's defense, much-maligned over the past few seasons, played well and kept the Wolverines in the game despite an offense that turned the ball over six times. Anthony Mammel of Maize N Brew noted the performance:

The defense played well throughout the game, rendering the Irish rushing attack useless for much of the contest while keeping Michigan in the game. I hated the single-high safety look on the last third down of the game but you can't hold it against Greg Mattison. His boys came prepared.

Notre Dame had just 239 yards of total offense, and the Irish had fewer than 200 yards until the final clock-killing drive of the game, when they picked up 44 yards and two first downs to prevent Michigan from getting the ball back. The Michigan defense also intercepted two passes from starting quarterback Everett Golson, forcing him to the bench in the first half in favor of Tommy Rees.

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