Ahead by seven points with 46 seconds left in the game, Notre Dame defensive end Khalid Kareem forced quarterback Shea Patterson to fumble.
His teammate, Te’von Coney, scooped up the ball to secure a season-opening 24-17 victory against Michigan in South Bend on Sept. 1.
After sitting out for a majority of the fourth quarter with leg cramps, Patterson entered the game once again with 5:02 left to play.
He led the Wolverines downfield and eventually handed the ball to running back Karan Higdon for a three-yard score, cutting Michigan’s deficit to 24-17 with 2:18 to play in the game.
However, there was not enough on the final drive for the Wolverines to make a full comeback.
Patterson, in his first career outing for Michigan, finished 20-for-30 through the air for 227 yards and an interception.
Notre Dame struck first early in the contest with a 13-yard rushing score from Jafar Armstrong. The Fighting Irish followed it up with another score with 7:09 remaining in the first half on a 43-yard connection between quarterback Brandon Wimbush and Chris Finke, who made an incredible grab to haul in the pass.
Wimbush was 12-for-22 in his first game of the season for 170 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He added 59 yards on 19 carries with his dual-threat abilities.
Finke and Chase Claypool both caught three passes for over 45 total yards to help Wimbush continuously move the ball down the field against Michigan’s offense.
The Wolverines found the scoreboard for the first time on a 28-yard field goal by Quinn Nordin. Meanwhile, Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson’s first career pass was complete to wide receiver Nico Collins for eight yards.
It seemed as if Notre Dame was running away with the game as Armstrong took a four-yard carry into the end zone, but Michigan immediately bounced back on a 99-yard kick return by Ambry Thomas.
The kick return score cut Michigan’s deficit to 21-10 with 3:41 left in the first half, and it remained that way heading into the locker room.
Justin Yoon nailed a 48-yard field goal to push Notre Dame’s lead to 24-10 in the third quarter.
Backup quarterback Dylan McCaffrey entered the game for Patterson early in the fourth quarter. He completed his first career pass for a six-yard gain to Grant Perry.
Then, Patterson entered the game and marched Michigan down the field for Higdon touchdown.
Higdon was the leading rusher for the Wolverines, going for 72 yards and one touchdown on 21 carries. Chris Evans, the backup, only took two carries for one yard.
Patterson completed back-to-back passes to Grant Perry for 20 total yards before tight end Zach Gentry dropped a short toss from his quarterback. On the ensuing play, Patterson fumbled and the Fighting Irish secured the ball and the victory.
Kareem, the player who forced the fumble, logged nine tackles, 2.5 tackles for a loss and two sacks in Notre Dame’s win.
Despite the loss, Patterson found multiple different receivers. He completed six to Donovan Peoples-Jones, five to Perry, three to Nico Collins, three to Oliver Martin and four total to his two tight ends – Sean McKeon and Gentry.
The leading receiver for Michigan was Collins, hauling in 66 total yards.
The Wolverines head back home Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor to take on Western Michigan in Week 2 at noon on Sept. 8.