SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- For those who came to Notre Dame Stadium with revenge on their mind, this was perfect. Not only did Notre Dame end its three-year nightmare against Michigan, but the Fighting Irish didn't even allow the Wolverines to cross the goal line. Moreover, the man who had tormented them more than any other in the Brian Kelly era -- more than any opposing quarterback in recent memory -- ended his career against the Irish with his worst performance in a winged helmet. Notre Dame did it with stout defense, opportunistic play and just enough offense, thanks in part to backup quarterback Tommy Rees, to remove the Maize and Blue monkey from its back.
Michigan fans might have sneaked onto campus midweek and hung a blue banner on Notre Dame Stadium, but No. 11 Notre Dame defended its turf -- and especially its own end zone -- when it counted. The Irish left their field Saturday night at 4-0, still perfect after a 13-6 triumph, and with their eyes set on bigger and better things.
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