MSU blunders lead to loss to Notre Dame

MSU blunders lead to loss to Notre Dame

Notre Dame players circled around Brian Kelly as the coach danced in the visiting locker room following Saturday's 38-18 victory at Michigan State. Notre Dame was outgained but never trailed.

Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio would love to see his running game have the kind of dominant performance it had against the Irish previous year, when the Spartans held the ball for 37:57 in the contest and amassed 260 yards on 52 carries. Those Spartan miscues resulted in a 28-7 halftime lead for Notre Dame, which was not threatened thereafter.

"Too many little mistakes", Taylor said.

"Rushing yardage doesn't really matter much. And then again I think like everything else, if you take care of the football, which we did today, good things happen". "You're with young guys all the time, and it's important that you get to share that with them".

Junior quarterback Brandon Wimbush reflected the efficiency of the Irish with a mostly conservative but productive 14 of 20 passing effort for 173 yards.

Notre Dame: The Irish rushed for 515 yards in that win over Boston College. Wimbush finished with 52 yards rushing on eight carries to complement his passing. "On the fumble I've got to keep the ball tucked in", said Lewerke, who threw for 340 yards and two TDs. "He's got the ability to do a lot from that position. We just want to create points for the whole team".

Notre Dame: The Irish received 57 votes in the most recent AP Top 25, finishing five spots out of the ranking. And this week the receivers definitely got open, and they made plays when their numbers were called. Even out the backfield...Dexter Williams had a great catch in the end zone.

Jacob McBride's 12-yard touchdown run put Loyola up 14-0 in the first. Love had it read all the way.


"I really don't remember the rest", the Notre Dame cornerback said.

Notre Dame drove the field for an immediate score, then MSU's Brian Lewerke threw a pick-6.

Senior rover Drue Tranquill recorded a 10-yard sack for the Irish on the third series and would finish with six stops in the first half.

"I made a promise to them that we'd get that megaphone (trophy) back, so I wanted to make sure that we were able to present it to them". Wimbush opened the scoring with a 16-yard run, and then Love picked off Lewerke's pass and ran it back to give the Irish a 14-point advantage. Michigan State provided more resistance, but Notre Dame still showcased a balanced running game and avoided mistakes.

It was one of two Irish touchdowns that didn't begin with a Spartan turnover.

Items: Irish senior linebacker Greer Martini forced a fumble by scrambling QB Lewerke that sophomore drop end Daelin Hayes recovered at the Spartans 23. Wimbush threw an 8-yard TD pass to Williams to make it 21-7. The drive was 62 yards. MSU was flagged just seven times for 40 yards against Bowling Green and Western Michigan. The Spartans have already allowed four return touchdowns - two fumbles, a kickoff and the interception Saturday.

Aside from Taylor's touchdown run, Notre Dame had trouble establishing its run game against Loyola's physical line.

Stats: The Irish had only 58 yards total offense in the quarter while basically keeping the clock running and attempting only one pass. Kick off from Spartan Stadium is set for 4:00 p.m.

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