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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Irish Continues Losing Ways With 21-14 Loss to Michigan

An improved performance by Notre Dame still wasn't good enough to beat Michigan.


The Fighting Irish lost their third straight game, falling to sixth-ranked Michigan 21-14. It's Notre Dame's longest losing streak since 1985, when Gerry Faust's last Irish team dropped its final three games.


"That's how things go sometimes,'' Irish linebacker Kory Minor said. "Hopefully, we can bounce back.''


Brian Griese threw a 41-yard touchdown pass to Tai Sheets, and Chris Floyd scored on a 14-yard run early in the second half as Michigan (3-0) overcame a 14-7 halftime deficit.


It has been a rough start for new Notre Dame coach Bob Davie,whose team has faltered since opening with a 17-13 win over Georgia Tech. The Irish (1-3) then were beaten by Purdue and Michigan State before losing to Michigan, making them 0-3 vs. the Big Ten.


And it won't get any easier next week at No. 20 Stanford. If the Irish lose to the Cardinals, they'll be saddled with the school's longest losing streak since 1963.


The Irish blew several late scoring chances against Michigan. They recovered three fumbles in Wolverine territory in the fourth quarter, but failed to score each time.


The final recovery, by linebacker Jimmy Friday, gave the Irish the ball at the 28. But Autry Denson was stopped on fourth-and-one at the 19 and Michigan ran out the final 3:26.


No. 1 Florida 55, Kentucky 28. At Lexington, Kentucky, Doug Johnson threw five TD passes, including three to Jacquez Green in the first quarter, as the Gators (4-0, 2-0 SEC) overwhelmed the Wildcats (2-2, 0-2). Kentucky's Tim Couch, who entered the game with a nation-leading 15 TD passes, was 33-of-59 for 348 yards and two scores. But he was sacked four times and had three passes intercepted.


No. 5 North Carolina 48, Virginia 20. At Chapel Hill, N.C., North Carolina scored 45 straight points to avenge last year's collapse against Virginia. The Cavaliers (1-2, 0-1 in the ACC) took a 20-3 lead late in the first half before the Tar Heels (4-0, 2-0) rallied to match the biggest comeback in school history.


No. 7 Ohio St. 31, Missouri 10. At Columbia, Missouri, backup quarterback Joe Germaine threw two touchdown passes to David Boston and directed a third scoring drive as Ohio State (4-0) recovered from a sluggish start to beat Missouri (2-2). Germaine was the Rose Bowl MVP last year in relief of Stanley Jackson, who is 15-0 as a starter.


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