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Irish trail Wolverines entering fourth

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Notre Dame and Michigan exchanged third-quarter touchdowns as the No. 14 Irish trail the No. 17 Wolverines 34-20 entering the fourth quarter at Michigan Stadium.

Michigan opened the second half strong, moving from its 25 to the Irish 33 on seven plays. But Notre Dame recovered and linebacker Ishaq Williams sacked Gardner for an 8-yard loss on third-and-seven to force Michigan to punt with 10:20 to play in the third quarter.

Notre Dame then marched 90 yards on 12 plays as it cut Michigan's lead to 27-20 with 4:55 to play in the third quarter as Troy Niklas hauled in a 20-yard touchdown pass.

The Irish drive took 5:25 off the clock and was the longest they have had this season in terms of play and time of possession.

Notre Dame got burned by Michigan receiver Jeremy Gallon on the next series as the senior caught a 41-yard pass and finished the drive with a 13-yard touchdown reception for a 34-20 lead with 1:54 to play in the third.

Gallon has been a problem for the Irish tonight as he enters the fourth quarter with seven catches for 177 yards and three touchdowns.

Notre Dame moved the ball to Michigan's 23 before time expired in the quarter.

The Journal Gazette's Assistant Sports Editor Tony Krausz covers The University of Notre Dame. Krausz, a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and a native of St. Louis, has been assistant sports editor since October 2005. Prior to joining the JG, he worked at two papers in Mississippi covering high school and college athletics.

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