Sunday, September 18, 2011

Notre Dame beats Michigan State Spartans

Notre Dame have taken until the 3rd round to notch up their first victory and it was an upset 31 - 13 win over the #15 Michigan State Spartans.

After the shock loss to the Michigan Wolverines in the last seconds last weeks loss, not many pundits would have given the Fighting Irish a chance against heavily favoured Michigan State in South Bend.

Notre Dame took ascendancy in the first quarter scoring 2 touchdowns to a field goal and never looked back after that.

The Notre Dame defence gave up 329 yards in the air but the Spartans could only get in the endzone once with 2 more field goals. And although the offence wasn't potent in raw yardage they were efficient and uncharacteristically held onto the ball with the sole turnover being an interception.

QB Tommy Rees was methodical in leading the offence for 3 touchdowns, 2 on the ground to Cierre Wood and 1 in the air to TJ Jones. Wood and RB Jonas ray wore down the defence running for a combined 138 yards off 26 carries for a healthy 5.3 average. Michael Floyd caught 6 passes for 84 yards and was always a threat. Tommy Rees only threw for 161 yards but that was all that was needed in the 31 to 13 win. His completion 61.5% ensured that there were more than enough long drives to keep the Spartans offence off the field.

The special team also held up their share of the bargain including a 89 yard kick off return by George Atkinson III. And possibly the most impressive stat was the 29 yards net rushing from 23 attempts.

Notre Dame play Pittsburgh at Pittsburgh next week with hopes of squaring the ledger with a 2-2 record.

Until then hail to the Bend!

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