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Michigan's Five Greatest Against ND

Debates about the validity of the rivalry aside, it can't be denied that when Michigan and Notre Dame take the field, it oftentimes becomes a classic. Since 1979, the two teams have played 28 times, with 13 of them being victories of four points or less, including three four-point victories in a row for the Wolverines in 2009, 2010 and 2011.

1991: Michigan vs. ND - Desmond's 4th down...

Which are the five best games/moments from a Michigan perspective? It's actually harder to choose than you may believe, but the five chosen are among the most memorable moments overall for any Wolverine fan.

5: 2006

Where: South Bend
Who: Henne, Hart, Manningham, Woodley
What: Dominating 47-21 victory
How: Coming into the 2006 season, Michigan had lost six straight road openers, and a date with the second ranked Irish did not look like a promising opportunity to end it. However, the Wolverines came out early and dominated on both sides of the ball. Irish quarterback Brady Quinn threw and early pick-six to Prescott Burgess, and Chad Henne found Mario Manningham for three first half touchdowns and Michigan cruised to victory.

The victory helped catapult Michigan to a Rose Bowl berth and nearly the National Championship.

Play of the Game: Manningham's third TD of the first half as he leads the Michigan Marching Band (LINK)

4: 2010

Where: South Bend
Who: Denard Robinson
What: 28-24 victory
How: In a game most would probably say was the best of Denard Robinson's career, he scored a touchdown with 27 seconds left to help the Wolverines to a narrow 28-24 victory.

Robinson's 502 total yards are still a school record, and his 258 rushing yards were fifth most in a single game in Michigan history. Simply put, it was one of (if not the) single most electrifying performances a Michigan player has ever had.

Robinson twice saved his best for the Irish.

Play of the Game: Denard busts one for 87 yards (LINK)

3: The Catch (1991)

Where: Ann Arbor
Who: Elvis Grbac, Desmond Howard
What: 25 yard TD pass from Grbac to Howard on 4th and 1
How: In what's easily the most single memorable moment of the entire series, former high school teammates Grbac and Howard hooked up on a gutsy fourth down call by Gary Moeller that eventually propelled the Wolverines to a 24-14 victory over the Irish.

It's a play that put Howard in the national spotlight and was the start of a Rose Bowl season for the Wolverines. Howard would win the Heisman Trophy with ease a few months later.

The Play: Grbac to Howard

2: UTL I (2011)

Where: Ann Arbor
Who: Denard Robinson, Roy Roundtree, Jeremy Gallon
What: Michigan scores 28 in the 4th, Denard to Roundtree with :02 left to win.
How: Left for dead in the water down 24-7 going into the fourth quarter, Denard Robinson orchestrated one of the greatest comebacks in Michigan history, scoring 28 points, including a 16 yard touchdown pass to Roy Roundtree with two seconds left.

Robinson found Vincent Smith on an excellent screen call with 1:12 remaining, giving Michigan their first lead of the game. However, Irish quarterback Tommy Rees marched Notre Dame right back down the field, finding running back Theo Riddick for a wide open touchdown with 30 seconds remaining.

Once again, Robinson had to answer, and for the second straight year, he broke Irish hearts, finding Jeremy Gallon extremely wide open on the right side of the field. Gallon gained 64 on the play, bringing Michigan to the 16, where Robinson found Roundtree on a fade with two seconds left. It was Brady Hoke's first big win as Michigan coach, and he has yet to lose at home since.

Play of the Game: Robinson to Gallon, then Roundtree

1: 1994

Where: South Bend
Who: Todd Collins, Remy Hamilton
What: Hamilton's 42 yard field goal gave Michigan a 26-24 lead with two seconds to go.
How: While Tom Hammond and Cris Collinsworth were christening future bust Ron Pawlus for leading the Irish down the field to take the lead late, Michigan's Todd Collins waited for his opportunity. A few minutes later, after getting the Wolverines in field goal range, the senior watched as kicker Remy Hamilton (in his first career start) nailed an epic field goal to quiet the Irish crowd. It was only the third time Michigan won in South Bend since 1978.

This was at a time when the fervor for the rivalry may have been at an all-time high as both programs were among the best in the country and it was overall maybe the best game the two teams played.

Play of the Game: Hamilton Wins It

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