Blue and Gold Illustrated

Sept. 29. 2014 Issue

Blue & Gold Illustrated: America's Foremost Authority on Notre Dame Football

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BY ANDREW OWENS L ooking to preserve the first shutout of Michigan by any pro- gram since 1984, Notre Dame trotted its first-team defense onto the field in the final seconds of a blowout victory in South Bend Sept. 6. When Wolverines quarterback Devin Gardner threw a last-second pass to freshman Freddy Canteen, safety Eli- jah Shumate saw his opportunity. The junior, who replaced captain Aus- tin Collinsworth in the starting lineup while the fifth-year senior recovered from an MCL strain, stepped in front of Canteen and sprinted down the side- lines for what appeared to be a touch- down as time expired to cap off a 37-0 romp of Michigan. During the 62-yard return, however, Shumate's partner at safety, sophomore Max Redfield, unleashed a hit on Gard- ner that drew a controversial personal foul flag. The interception stood, but the penalty nullified the score. Perhaps no play could better repre- sent the jolt of enthusiasm — and inex- perience — the duo has provided early this season. PLAYING FAST After their initial performances left Brian Kelly wanting more, safeties Max Redfield and Elijah Shumate rose to the occasion Shumate stepped into the starting lineup after fifth-year senior Austin Collinsworth suffered a grade two MCL strain Aug. 28. PHOTO BY BILL PANZICA

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