Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 9/23/12

The Fighting Irish forced six turnovers to defeat rival Michigan 13-6 last night in South Bend.  I'm here to give you the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of last night's match up.

The Good:  Notre Dame's defense!  In the past two weeks against Michigan State and Michigan, they've given up 9 points and zero touchdowns.  Manti Te'o looks like the best linebacker in the country and could really be helping an NFL team right now.  Look for him to be a top five draft pick in April. 

The Bad: Notre Dame QB Everett Golson only needed to attempt 8 passes before he was pulled in the second quarter and Tommy Rees came in to save the day.  While in the red zone, Golson lofted a ball into double coverage in the end zone which was intercepted by Michigan.  This was Golson's second interception in the early stages of the game, and apparently the last straw for coach Brian Kelly.  Tommy Rees came in and completed 8 of 11 passes, no turnovers, and rushed for a one yard TD to win the game for the Irish.

The Ugly:  Happy 22nd Birthday Denard Robinson.  Turning the ball over six times probably wasn't his birthday wish, but that's what happened.  He looked absolutely awful in all facets of the game and single handily lost the game for the Wolverines.  He threw for 134 yards and rushed for another 90, but Notre Dame's defense was able to keep him contained when it mattered most.  Robinson's performance shows two things:  The Big 10 really is as bad as we thought this year, and Notre Dame's defense is stifling this season.

 



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