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Victory at Michigan has Weis in select company

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- A mere two games into his Notre Dame tenure, Charlie Weis has joined Knute Rockne in the record books.

And even though he isn't interested in any comparisons to the famed Fighting Irish coach, if Weis keeps winning games like he did yesterday at No. 3 Michigan, he might not have a choice.

Brady Quinn threw two touchdown passes in the first half and the 20th-ranked Fighting Irish held on to beat the Wolverines, 17-10, making Weis the first Notre Dame coach to win his first two games on the road since Rockne in 1918.

''If I answered by dignifying that, [Bill] Parcells and [Bill] Belichick would humiliate me," Weis said about his coaching mentors when asked about his connection to Rockne. ''I've just coached two games and they've played two games. Let's come back and revisit that in about 10 years."

Notre Dame (2-0), which won at then-No. 23 Pittsburgh last week, snapped the Wolverines' 16-game winning streak at Michigan Stadium and handed them their first loss against a nonconference team at home since 1998. The Irish -- two years removed from losing, 38-0, in Ann Arbor -- also won at Michigan for the first time since 1993.

''I'm happy for the team, but I worry about their heads," Weis said. ''I told them to enjoy this tonight, but not too much."

The offensive guru began with a shotgun formation and an empty backfield. The Irish didn't use a huddle at times during the opening 12-play drive and didn't have a third down.

''I think that sent a message to start the game like that," said Quinn, who ended the impressive possession with a 5-yard touchdown pass to Rhema McKnight.

The Wolverines (1-1) slowed down Notre Dame's offense, but they squandered several chances in the fourth quarter to pull within a TD before finally capitalizing on their third opportunity.

''We just made too many mistakes in the red zone," Michigan coach Lloyd Carr said. ''You can't get the football down there and give it away like we did and expect to win a game like this."

On fourth and 3, Chad Henne lofted a 25-yard pass to Mario Manningham with 3:47 left to make it 17-10. The Wolverines then forced Notre Dame to punt, but four incomplete passes later, the Irish were celebrating on the sideline.

Henne was 19 of 44 for 223 yards and a TD, but was intercepted at Notre Dame's 1 in the third quarter and had the key fumble in the fourth.

The Wolverines were held to their lowest point total since Iowa beat them, 34-9, in 2002. They also lost running back Mike Hart to a hamstring injury in the first quarter.

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