The game lived up to the hype.
After a three-year hiatus, the Michigan-Notre Dame series resumed Saturday night at Notre Dame Stadium as the 12th-ranked Fighting Irish became the latest rival to get the best of Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan Wolverines.
After Jafar Armstrong scored on a 13-yard touchdown run, Notre Dame scored again on its next possession as quarterback Brandon Wimbush connected with Chris Finke for a 43-yard touchdown pass ti gve the Fighting Irish a 14-0 lead early in the first quarter en route to a 24-17 victory over No. 14 Michigan.
With the loss, the Wolverines fell to 1-6 under Harbaugh against the school’s biggest rivals (Ohio State, Michigan State and Notre Dame). A green-out crowd of 77,622 fans welcomed Michigan back to Notre Dame Stadium.
Wimbush, who had to re-establish himself as the starter in the offseason, finished the game connecting on 12-of-22 passes for 170 yards and an interception. He also ran for 59 yards.
Michigan out-gained Notre Dame with 307 total yards compared to just 302 for the Fighting Irish. However, Notre Dame won the turnover battle as the Wolverines had two compared to just one for the Fighting Irish.