Notre Dame remembers 2011 atmosphere at Big House well

The Irish football team knows it will be an electric atmosphere when they face Michigan on Saturday at the Big House in the 2nd night game ever at Michigan Stadium.

After all, Notre Dame was the other half of the epic showdown in the 1st night game in Ann Arbor two years ago.

"It was awesome---loud and rocking," Irish quarterback Tommy Rees remembers. "It was an awesome place to play."

Irish captain and offensive lineman Zack Martin couldn't stop smiling as he began to talk about that environment.

"I loved playing there a couple of years ago," Martin said. "Their fans are crazy fans. You are two feet away from someone and can't hear them on 3rd down. I know the guys are looking forward to it."

Of course, the result was not what the Irish wanted. Notre Dame took the lead on Michigan with 30 seconds to go only to see Michigan storm right back the other way and win it with two seconds left.

"For us, it wasn't easy to watch," captain and wide receiver TJ Jones says. "We let the game slip from us offensively and defensively in the 4th quarter."

Notre Dame hopes the 2nd time around they get to enjoy the atmosphere and celebrate a victory.

Kickoff is 8pm Saturday night.

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