Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner is sacked by Notre Dame defensive lineman Romeo Okwara, right, during the first half of an NCAA college football game in South Bend, Ind., Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Michael Conroy
September 07, 2014

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) Notre Dame safety Max Redfield says the Fighting Irish's defense had a lot of fun handing Michigan its first shutout since 1984.

Redfield says the 11th-ranked Irish's 31-0 victory over the Wolverines in the final scheduled game of the rivalry is exactly what they wanted. They ended the game with an exclamation point when Elijah Shumate returned an interception 61 yards for a touchdown as time ran out. The fact that the touchdown was called back because Redfield was called for a penalty for leveling quarterback Devin Gardner didn't matter much to the Irish.

Redfield said he didn't think his hit on Gardner was dirty, saying he is coached on an interception to find the quarterback. He says he hit Gardner the way he was taught.

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