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Michigan defenders Alex Marshall (on ground) and Otis Williams (17) stop Notre Dame wide receiver Raghib Ismail
task the Wolverines found very difficult in the second half. Ismail's two kickoff returns for touchdowns proved devastating
to Michigan, as the Fighting Irish outdistanced the Wolverines, 24-19.

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well as Khan's arm before breaking
free around the Michigan 40.
It was the second time in his
career that Ismail had returned two
kickoffs for touchdowns in one
game. With the second return, Ismail
broke the all-time Notre Dame record
for kickoff returns for touchdowns
with four total.
"We have four kickoff plays and
the one on which both touchdowns
were scored was called 'Middle,"'
said Notre Dame head coach Lou
Holtz, who became the first coach to
beat a Schembechler-coached
Michigan team three years in a row.
"It's not real clever."
When there is a blazer like Ismail
on the field, creativity is not
necessary. He was undefeated in the
55-meter dash for the Notre Dame
indoor track team last spring which
from all of us
Opposite Jacobson's

led some to question where his true
talent was, but yesterday's
performance answered those
"There are a lot of people who are
track people who are playing
football, but he is a football player
who also runs track," Holtz said.
"He has great moves, football
instincts, and outstanding football
Talent was in abundance as the
top two teams in the country met for
the 25th time since the Associated
Press poll was formulated in 1936.
Michigan was ranked No. 1 by the
AP in the preseason until Notre
Dame beat Virginia in its first game
of the year.
The game started out much like
the contest last season in South
Bend when the Wolverines ran the
ball consistently into the heart of the
Fighting .Irish line without
attempting many passing plays.
Also like last year, the result was
not positive. Michigan was held to
95 yards rushing, its lowest total
since the 1987 Rose Bowl against
Arizona State.
"Our offensive line did not do a
good job," said Schembechler,
whose squad outweighed the Irish
defensive front by nearly 50 pounds
on the average. "Their line out-

quicked us, out-hustled us, and out-
played us."
But even with the Wolverines'
inability to run the ball, they were
still in the game due to a heroic
performance by Grbac. The 6-foot-5
quarterback entered the game when
starter Michael Taylor left the game
with a bruised back in the series
following the second-half kickoff and
promptly directed Michigan to two
touchdowns while completing 17-of-
21 passes for 134 yards.
Grbac, who became the second-
string quarterback when fifth-year
senior Demetrius Brown was ruled
academically ineligible, hurled his
second touchdown pass with 4:08 to
play. That four-yard slant to Greg
McMurtry drew the Wolverines to
within five points at 24-19 and gave
105,912 hopeful Michigan fans,
who had sat in cold and wet
conditions, something to cheer
Following a botched onside kick
in which kicker J.D. Carlson hit his
own man, Michigan's defense could
not stop Irish fullback Anthony
Johnson on fourth down and short
with less than two minutes in the
game and one Wolverine timeout
remaining. The only thing left to de
was watch a Holtz-Schembechlei
embrace at midfield as the Irish
extended the nation's longest
winning streak to 14, while ending
the Wolverines' 10-game unbeaten

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