Wolverines stumble in opener
Written by Matt Pargoff   

The long-anticipated debut of the Michigan team didn’t go the way fans had hoped on Saturday evening. Giving up two scores early, the Wolverines played from behind throughout, falling 24-17 at Notre Dame.

Michigan gave up three long touchdown drives in the first half, with the final score quickly redeemed by a 99-yard return from Ambry Thomas on a kickoff return. Trailing 21-10 at the half, the Wolverines’ defense showed strides after the break, giving up only a single possession of more than six plays.

But while the defense stepped up, the offense continued to struggle, turning it over twice, and handing the ball over three times on downs.

Despite the struggles of the group, quarterback Shea Patterson led a 7-play, 80-yard drive, culminating in a three-yard touchdown from Karan Higdon with 2:18 remaining. Forcing a quick three-and-out, there was a brief glimmer of hope for the Wolverines, but a Khalid Kareem sack of Patterson forced a fumble and turnover.

Patterson completed 20-of-30 passes in the game for 227 yards, while Higdon led the way on the ground with 21 carries for 77 yards. The Wolverines ultimately outgained Notre Dame 307-302.

Michigan plays its home opener next week at noon, playing host to Western Michigan. The Broncos hosted Syracuse in the opening weekend of action, falling 55-42.

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