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Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner (98) escapes a tackle from Notre Dame defensive lineman Stephon Tuitt (7) in Ann Arbor, Mich., Saturday.
Monday, September 9, 2013
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner did what Denard Robinson and just about every opponent outside of Alabama failed to do last season: make the Notre Dame defense look ordinary.
Gardner was 21-of-33 passing for 294 yards and four touchdowns and ran for another 82 yards and a rushing touchdown in a 41-30 victory Saturday in the final scheduled game in Ann Arbor that saw the 11th-ranked Wolverines (2-0) score the second-most points they've had in the 41-game rivalry that will end, at least for the foreseeable future, after the teams play next season in South Bend.
No. 21 Notre Dame (1-1) gave up 460 yards to Michigan, which is more than the Irish defense gave up in any game on its way to a 12-0 regular season last year. Only the Crimson Tide with 529 yards in a 42-14 win in the national championship game had more.
Michigan coach Brady Hoke said Gardner, who was the Wolverines' leading receiver in a 13-6 loss to the Wolverines a season ago when Robinson threw four interceptions and lost a fumble, allows the Wolverines to run the pro-style offense they want.
"We're going to be multiple enough personnel-wise and also multiple enough from a formation standpoint, with two backs, three backs, whatever it takes, another offensive tackle in, a lot of different things that we like to do," Hoke said. "This was more like what we want to do."
For the Irish, who repeatedly failed to tackle Gardner in the backfield when it had opportunities, the defense is left looking for answers. After allowing an average of just 305.4 yards and 12.8 points a game last season, the Irish have allowed an average of 411 yards and 23.5 points against Temple (0-2) and Michigan.
Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly seemed more disappointed in the failure of the offense to take advantage of opportunities against than the defensive problems, which included a pair of key pass interference calls and some blown coverages.
"Last year we had to rely on our defense to win football games. I don't want to have to do that week in and week out," Kelly said during his weekly teleconference Sunday. "I think there are going to be some times when our offense has to win some ballgames."
UCLA receiver Pasquale hit by car, killed
LOS ANGELES - UCLA receiver Nick Pasquale was hit by a car and killed while walking in San Clemente early Sunday morning. He was 20.
The Orange County Sheriff's Department said Pasquale was struck about 1:30 a.m.
It wasn't immediately clear whether Pasquale was trying to cross a street. Sheriff's Lt. Gary Strachan said the car's driver stopped, called authorities and stayed with Pasquale until they arrived.
The accident is under investigation. Strachan said no one was arrested.
Pasquale, a redshirt freshman, walked on at UCLA last fall after playing at San Clemente High School, where he was a three-year starter. The 5-foot-7 receiver earned the nickname "Pacman" from his teammates while participating on the scout team in practices last season and again this summer.
"This is a tragic loss," UCLA coach Jim Mora said. "Nick was an outstanding young man who had a positive impact on everyone who knew him. He was a great teammate who was loved and respected by his entire team. Our thoughts are with the Pasquale family."
Texas, USC out of poll; Miami debuts at No. 15
NEW YORK - Texas and Southern California have dropped out of The Associated Press college football poll after ugly losses and Miami jumped in at No. 15 after its biggest victory in a while.
Alabama is still No. 1 after an off week, heading into a much-anticipated rematch with No. 7 Texas A&M on Saturday.
Oregon is No. 2. Clemson moved up a spot to No. 3 and Ohio State slipped one to No. 4. Stanford remains No. 5.
The Longhorns came into the weekend ranked 15th, but a 40-21 loss at BYU in which Texas allowed a school-record 550 yards rushing has Mack Brown's team unranked.
Southern California was No. 25 before a 10-7 loss at home to Washington State.
Miami is ranked for the first time since November 2010.
Duke QB out indefinitely with broken collarbone
DURHAM, N.C. - Duke quarterback Anthony Boone is out indefinitely with a broken collarbone.
Coach David Cutcliffe said Sunday that Boone does not need surgery to repair the broken bone but has no timetable for his return.
Boone broke his collarbone in the second quarter of Duke's 28-14 victory over Memphis on Saturday.
Brandon Connette - the Blue Devils' short-yardage specialist who also has played tight end - will be the starter this week in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener against Georgia Tech.
Texas fires DC after blowout loss to BYU
AUSTIN, Texas - Texas has fired defensive coordinator Manny Diaz a day after one of the worst defensive performances in the history of the program.
Longhorns coach Mack Brown announced the move in a statement Sunday, and says that former Longhorns defensive coordinator and Syracuse coach Greg Robinson will replace Diaz.
Brown says: "Our performance on defense last night was unacceptable, and we need to change that."
Bearcats QB moved to Cincinnati hospital
CINCINNATI - Cincinnati quarterback Munchie Legaux has been transferred to a local hospital after a gruesome knee injury landed him in the hospital in Illinois.
Legaux was injured in the fourth quarter of the Bearcats' 45-17 loss to Illinois on Saturday.
He was hit low while trying to pass and his left leg bent awkwardly.
He was taken to Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, Ill. The school says in a news release that he was taken to UC Medical Center in Cincinnati on Sunday.
BYU 40, No. 15 Texas 21
PROVO, Utah - Taysom Hill led a big night on the ground for BYU, rushing for 259 yards - second-most in school history - and three touchdowns to help the Cougars beat Texas (1-1).
Hill was masterful in guiding the team's new read-option offense as the Cougars (1-1) rolled up 550 yards rushing, eclipsing a 55-year-old team record.
No. 5 Stanford 34, San Jose State 13
STANFORD, Calif. - Tyler Gaffney ran for 104 yards and two touchdowns in an impressive return after playing baseball in the minors last year, leading No. 5 Stanford past gritty San Jose State in its season opener.
The Cardinal scored on their first three possessions.
Washington St. 10, No. 25 USC 7
LOS ANGELES - Andrew Furney kicked a 41-yard field goal with 3:03 to play, and Washington State beat No. 25 Southern California Saturday night for its first victory at the Coliseum in 13 years.
Damante Horton returned an interception 70 yards for a tying score in the final seconds of the first half for Washington State (1-1, 1-0 Pac-12).
H e made the clinching interception with 2:18 to play in the Cougars' first win over the Trojans anywhere since 2002.
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