The Michigan offense had three first downs in the first half and were lucky to come out of it behind 17-7.
Although Tommy Rees and the Notre Dame offense didn't have a perfect first half, they easily outplayed the Michigan defense. Two interceptions (one of which was capitalized on immediately for a long touchdown pass by Denard Robinson) and a litany of mistakes on the offensive line were not enough to derail the Irish in the first half.
But in the second half and in particular, the fourth quarter, things started to change dramatically.
The fourth quarter started with a fumble on third-and-goal by the Michigan offense that miraculously rolled right into Denard Robinson's hands, and he walked it in for a touchdown. That brought the score to 14-24 with the Irish still ahead.
Later in the quarter, in the red zone on first down as Rees was in motion to throw, the football popped out of his hand and a Michigan defender picked it up (the ensuing drive by Michigan was ended by a Robert Blanton interception).
And of course, there were the three touchdowns with two minutes left which led to a Michigan victory (one for the Irish and two for Michigan).
Other than the interception by Blanton and a great drive by Rees, the fourth quarter was all Michigan as outscoring the Irish 28-7. The end of the game will be remembered for eternity by Michigan fans while simultaneously being repressed by Irish faithful.