SOUTH BEND, Indiana (Ticker) -- Seventh-ranked Michigan tries to win in South Bend for the first time in a decade Saturday when it visits Notre Dame, which was blown out by the Wolverines last year.
Michigan (1-0) has not won at Notre Dame Stadium since 1994, when Remy Hamilton kicked a game-winning field goal as time expired in a 26-24 triumph. In 1998, in their first game since winning a share of the national championship, the Tom Brady-led Wolverines lost here, 36-20, and the John Navarre-led squad two years ago absorbed a 25-23 setback.
The Wolverines hold a 18-12-1 all-time lead in the series but are just 4-7-1 since 1987, including 1-4-1 here.
Last year, however, the Wolverines crushed the Irish in Ann Arbor, 38-0, and Notre Dame's players have been doing 38 extra reps of certain drills to remember the result.
Michigan leapfrogged Notre Dame for first place on the all-time winning percentage list when it opened its campaign with a 43-10 home victory over Miami (Ohio) last Saturday and the Fighting Irish lost at BYU, 20-17. Michigan is at .74601 and Notre Dame .74544.
The Wolverines surprisingly started true freshman Chad Henne at quarterback against the RedHawks after Matt Gutierrez - who was named the starter earlier in the week - suffered a sore shoulder in practice. Henne, Michigan's first true freshman to start a season opener since Rick Leach in 1975, completed 14-of-24 passes for 142 yards, two touchdown passes to Braylon Edwards and one interception.
Listed first on the depth chart for Saturday's game, Henne actually has more attempts and completions than Gutierrez, a redshirt sophomore who was 13-of-19 in mop-up duty for Navarre last season.
The Irish (0-1), who had re-arranged their schedule to get a game in before hosting the Wolverines, saw the move backfire when they fell at Brigham Young on Saturday.
Without starting running back Ryan Grant, who sat out with a left hamstring pull suffered three weeks earlier, the Irish managed just 11 yards on 21 attempts.
Irish quarterback Brady Quinn, who made his debut as a freshman against the Wolverines last year, was 26-of-47 for 265 yards and a touchdown.