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ND-Michigan Quick Hits

Here is a collection of notes from Notre Dame's 13-6 win over Michigan, which moved the Irish to 4-0 heading into the bye week:

• Notre Dame’s victory over No. 18 Michigan, a week after topping No. 10 Michigan State, marked the first time the program won consecutive games against top-25 teams since 2005. It’s also the first time since 2002 the Irish knocked off opponents ranked in the top 20.

• Not since 1990 has Notre Dame scored so few points and still managed to win the game. That year the Irish upended Southern California, 10-6.

• The last time the Fighting Irish held two top-20 opponents to six points or less in back-to-back weeks was 1943, when No. 3 Navy, No. 3 Army and No. 8 Northwestern totaled six, zero and six points, respectively. Over the last eight quarters this season, Notre Dame has not allowed a touchdown, and it was the first time Michigan failed to score a TD against the Irish since 1943.

• Defensive coordinator Bob Diaco’s group has given up just 36 points over the first four games of the season, which is the fewest since the 1975 campaign when only 20 points were surrendered through the first four contests.

• Notre Dame came away with five interceptions against the Wolverines — all in the first half. Not since 1988 against Purdue have the Irish bagged that many picks. In fact, no team in the Football Bowl Subdivision has totaled five interceptions in a single half since Tulsa had five against Hawaii in the 2010 Hawaii Bowl. Between Michigan senior quarterback Denard Robinson and halfback Vincent Smith, the Wolverines threw their final five consecutive passes of the first half into the hands of Irish defenders.

• The fourth quarter hasn’t been kind to Irish opponents, which have been outgained by 193 yards (359-166) in the final stanza through the first four games of the 2012 season.

• Notre Dame’s national colors were presented by former Notre Dame head coach Ara Parseghian and his wife, Katie, as part of the program’s ongoing celebration of its 125th year. The Hall of Fame coach, who helped guide the Irish to consensus national titles in 1966 and 1973. Parseghian was joined on the field before by a collection of captains that played during his tenure (1964-74), as well as 1964 Heisman Trophy winner John Huarte. Former captains present included Jim Carroll (1964), Phil Sheridan (1965), Larry DiNardo (1970), Walt Patulski (1971), John Dampeer (1972), Frank Pomarico (1973) and Mike Townsend (1973).

• There were approximately 200 former Notre Dame players in attendance. They formed a tunnel through which the team ran to take the field.

• Four Notre Dame graduates piloted the F-16 planes that buzzed the stadium prior to the start of the game. The planes were from the 309th Fighter Squadron located at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona. The pilots, all Class of 2001 alumni, were Air Force Major Greg Keller, Major Steve Whisler, Major Brendan Shannon and Captain Tom Hayes.

• The victory over Michigan improved Notre Dame’s all-time record in night games to 65-36-2 (.641), including a 21-18-1 (.538) against teams ranked in the top 25.

• Notre Dame improved to 4-0 for the first time since the 2002 season and is now 16-23-1 against Michigan all time. It’s the first time the Irish have swept Michigan and Michigan State in the same season since 2004. It’s the fewest number of points (nine) allowed by both those teams in the same season since 1909, when the Irish gave up just a field goal to Michigan and blanked the Spartans.

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