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Those Michigan-Notre Dame games just feel big, don't they?
On one of the biggest national stages, a couple of dark-horse Heisman Trophy candidates emerged for the Wolverines in front of the largest crowd ever to witness a college football game (115,109). Quarterback Devin Gardner and favorite target Jeremy Gallon hooked up eight times for 184 yards and three touchdowns, as Michigan beat the Fighting Irish, 41-30, in the Big House.
Notre Dame simply didn't have an answer as that lethal connection carried UM to a 2-0 record.
Wearing No. 98 in a tribute to 1940 Heisman Trophy winner Tom Harmon, who was honored before the game, Gardner looked the part of an award winner himself.
He finished 21-of-33 for 294 yards and four touchdowns. Gardner also added a rushing touchdown. According to Josh Slagter of MLive.com, the 184 receiving yards were a career high for Gallon, as were Gardner's 82 rushing yards.
Gardner told ESPN's Adam Rittenberg that Saturday is only the start of what the Wolverines expect to accomplish this season.
"We still have unfinished business in the season," he said. "This isn't the game. It's only the second game of the year. We have much bigger goals."