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Robinson runs out of Notre Dame magic in ugly loss to the Fighting Irish

By Ben Estes, Daily Sports Editor
Published September 22, 2012

In a grinder of a game, that was all that the home team had to do — the six turnovers it forced provided just enough breathing room.

“I mean, (Robinson’s) gotten me the past two years, and total, Michigan’s got me three years,” said Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o, who caught two of Robinson’s interceptions just over a week after his grandmother and girlfriend both passed away.

“So I’m just glad on my last one, on my last hurrah, I was finally able to have something to celebrate about, you know?”

The disappointment was an unfamiliar feeling for the Wolverines, who themselves had gotten used to celebrating after this rivalry game in recent years. But their six turnovers — five from Robinson — made a win an impossibility in the final try for the quarterback and his fellow seniors.

In the wake of his performance, Robinson said he was going to talk to the team on Sunday about how he would be accountable to them going forward. And as the fans filed out on Saturday night after Michigan’s reversal of fortune, his promise to never play like this again seemed to echo around Notre Dame Stadium.

“Whatever it takes for the team to win, that’s what I’m going to do,” Robinson said. “I don’t want to feel like this anymore.”