ANN ARBOR, Mich. - A mere two games into his Notre Dame tenure, Charlie Weis has joined Knute Rockne in the record books.
And even though he isn't interested in any comparisons to the famed Fighting Irish coach, Weis might not have a choice if he keeps winning games like he did Saturday at Michigan.
Brady Quinn threw two touchdown passes in the first half, and the Fighting Irish held on to beat the Wolverines, 17-10, making Weis the first Notre Dame coach to win his first two games on the road since Rockne in 1918.
"If I answered by dignifying that, (Bill) Parcells and (Bill) Belichick would humiliate me," Weis said about his coaching mentors when asked about his connection to Rockne. "I've just coached two games and they've played two games. Let's come back and revisit that in about 10 years."
Notre Dame (2-0), which won at then-No. 23 Pittsburgh last week, snapped the Wolverines' 16-game winning streak at Michigan Stadium and handed them their first loss against a nonconference team at home since 1998. The Irish - two years removed from losing 38-0 in Ann Arbor - also won at Michigan for the first time since 1993.
"I'm happy for the team, but I worry about their heads," Weis said. "I told them to enjoy this tonight, but not too much. You don't want to have a big win like this, then lay an egg at home."
Notre Dame plays host to Michigan State next Saturday.
Weis helped New England win three Super Bowls as Belichick's offensive coordinator and earned his first championship ring with the New York Giants as one of Parcells' assistants.
Against Michigan, the offensive guru began with a shotgun formation and an empty backfield. The Irish didn't use a huddle at times during the opening 12-play drive and didn't have a third down.
"I think that sent a message to start the game like that," said Quinn, who ended the drive with a 5-yard touchdown pass to Rhema McKnight.
The Wolverines (1-1) slowed down Notre Dame's offense, but they squandered several chances in the fourth quarter to pull within a TD before finally capitalizing on their third opportunity.
"We just made too many mistakes in the red zone," Michigan coach Lloyd Carr said. "You can't get the football down there and give it away like we did and expect to win a game like this."
As the final seconds ticked off the clock, players ran into the end zone to celebrate with their fans.
"Coming into the Big House and getting a win can be a once-in-a-lifetime experience," Victor Abiamiri said. "You want to do everything you can to let it sink in."
Notre Dame didn't need much help to beat the Wolverines, but instant replay overturned two fourth-quarter calls.
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