Weis: Irish "starting over" after 38-0 loss

Notre Dame and Michigan both entered Saturday's game 0-2.

Michigan came out 1-2.

Notre Dame came out 0-3.

And it wasn't even close.

Michigan blew out the Irish 38-0. The Wolverines defeated Notre Dame by the same score as well in 2003 in the 2nd game of the season at the Big House.

The only other shutout in between the two came later in 2003 at Notre Dame Stadium to Florida State 37-0.

And now Charlie Weis says the team is starting over. The head coach says while he will watch the tape, the team will not.

The Irish will begin training camp immediately on Sunday instead of holding meetings.

"After three games, the team is headed in the wrong direction," Weis said immediately following the game. "And the only way I know when the team is going in the wrong direction of how to fix it, is to come out swinging."

Notre Dame is 0-3 for just the 2nd time in school history. The only other time came in 2001 is Bob Davie's last season.

"Obviously I'm embarassed by that performance out there," Weis continued. "As always, I take full accountability and responsibility for our team playing like that, but the bottom is that we're really not getting good at anything."

"The only way we can fix it is by starting training camp. And we'll be doing that tomorrow."

Its the first time since 1985-86 that the Irish have lost 5 straight games.

So how far are the Irish going with this starting over?

"The first day of installation that we put in for training camp---we're putting that in tomorrow," Weis explained.

"Everything is even-steven like it's the first day out there and everything is up for grabs. It doesn't matter if it's a 5th-year senior or a freshman."

Mike Hart rushed for 187 yards and scored two touchdowns to lead the Wolverines. Freshman Ryan Mallett threw three TDs in his first ever start.

Jimmy Clausen was sacked 8 times in the game. He was 11 of 17 passing for 74 yards. He had 0 touchdowns and one interception.

Evan Sharpley replaced Clausen in the 4th quarter. Sharpley was 2 of 5 for 11 yards and an interception.

The Irish had -6 yards rushing in the game. They now have -14 yards rushing in three games. That ranks Notre Dame last in the nation. James Aldridge had 10 carries for 51 yards.

The Irish are also last in the country in total offense, sacks allowed and tackles for loss allowed.

Notre Dame fumbled the ball 5 times in the 1st half and lost it twice.

The first fumble came on the first play of the game when Notre Dame attempted a direct snap to Armando Allen.

The snap from John Sullivan was well over Allen's head. Another snap later in the game sailed over Clausen's head.

Notre Dame has not scored an offensive touchdown in 12 quarters this season. The Irish have just 13 total points in three games and have been outscored 102-13.


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