With one the most impressive performances since a 34-8 win over Penn State in 1997, Michigan kept its hopes for a trip to the Sugar Bowl and a national title alive with a 38-0 win over Notre Dame on Saturday. The shutout came in front of a NCAA record crowd of 111,726 and was Michigan’s first shutout of Notre Dame since 1902.
Senior running back Chris Perry, who ran for 133 yards on the ground, was responsible for four of the team’s five touchdowns – three on the ground and one on a pass from quarterback John Navarre. With his 133 yards, Perry became just the second running back in Michigan history to rush for over 500 yards in the first three games. Perry has 549 rushing yards on the season.
The Wolverines will go to Eugene, Ore. this Saturday to face the Ducks at Autzen Stadium.
Third-ranked Michigan (3-0) has lost four of its last five road-openers.
Michigan’s offense was propelled by special team and defensive units that kept the Fighting Irish in poor field position all game.
Defensive lineman Larry Stevens was in Notre Dame quarterback Carlyle Holiday’s face all game, getting one sack amidst many hurries forcing Holiday to throw the ball out of bounds.