SOUTH BEND – Notre Dame definitely got the last laugh versus Michigan.
The Irish, in the final scheduled meeting versus their rival, mauled the Maize and Blue 31-0 Saturday night.
Notre Dame dominated the final meeting of the historic series in historic fashion.
The shutout was the first in the 42 meetings between the pair. The 31 point margin of victory was also the largest all time in the series.
It was also the first time that the Wolverines had been shut out since 1984, snapping an NCAA record streak of 376 games.
The No. 16 Irish, who cruised past Rice in their opener, made it look easy for the second straight week.
Star quarterback Everett Golson, who missed all of last season due to an academic issue, was outstanding for the second straight week for Notre Dame. He threw three touchdown passes to pace the Irish rout. Golson finished his night 23-34 through the air for 226 yards.
Irish receiver Amir Carlisle had seven receptions for a pair of touchdowns and Will Fuller had a big night for the Irish with nine catches for 89 yards and a touchdown. Cam McDaniel also rushed for a score for the hosts.
The Notre Dame defense dominated from start to finish. The Irish came up with four takeaways in the second half, including a trio of interceptions off Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner.
The Irish led 7-0 after the opening quarter before adding a pair of scores in the second stanza for a 21-0 halftime lead.
Michigan, which falls to 1-1, actually had a 289-280 edge in total yards. The Wolverines had won six of the last eight meetings versus the Irish.
Notre Dame faces Purdue (1-1) next Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The Boilermakers were handled at home earlier today in a 38-17 loss to Central Michigan.
Michigan hosts Miami of Ohio next Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
The Wolverines still lead the all-time series 24-17-1 versus the Irish.
(Videos by Travis Patterson, a junior at Notre Dame and graduate of Wawasee High School)