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Different game plan

SOUTH BEND – Notre Dame linebacker Jarrett Grace said Wednesday that the No. 14 Irish (1-0) have prepared differently for Saturday night's game against No. 17 Michigan (0-1) than they did for Temple last week.

The Owls relied on numerous short passes in last weekend's 28-6 Irish victory.

Notre Dame is expecting a more physical game out of Michigan, which had six rushing touchdowns in its 59-9 win over Central Michigan last weekend.

"I guess we are just transitioning, getting back to the football we are used to," Grace said. "We are focusing on our fundamentals, because it is going to be a game where we lining back in the football we know how to play."

Michigan ran for 242 yards last Saturday with running back Derrick Green leading the way with 58 rushing yards and a touchdown.

Running back Fitzgerald Toussaint ran for 57 yards with TD runs of one and two yards, and quarterback Devin Gardner had 52 rushing yards and scored on runs of 22 and four yards.

Running back Thomas Rawls, who ran for 12 yards, also scored on a five-yard run.

Coach Brian Kelly said his team is ready for the power game it will face against Michigan.

"We're built that way," Kelly said. "You know, we're 250 (pounds) at middle linebacker, we're not 225. We're 250 at the drop, 250 at the cat. We're 320. We're a bigger, physical football team. We prefer that kind of matchup. That doesn't mean it's going to be easier. You look at our matchup against Stanford, and you look at it even against Pittsburgh last year that Coach Chryst brought in a Wisconsin-like prototypical kind of offensive structure. Those teams that are big and physical, you know, that's how we're built. We're built for those physical games.

"We played Oklahoma last year when they spread it out and went no back, and I thought we played very well. We can adapt, but we are structured physically to play that style of football. We're certainly in a position where we don't feel we go into this week and feel like we're undermanned."

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