College Football Odds Michigan State Spartans at Notre Dame Fighting Irish

SOUTH BEND IN- SEPTEMBER 17 R.J. Shelton #12 of the Michigan State Spartans scores a touchdown in front of Drue Tranquill #23 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the first half of a game at Notre Dame Stadium

With the win, the apparently under-rated Spartans (2-0) not only left Notre Dame (1-2) with its season on the brink.

Angry Notre Dame fans came out on social media following the Irish's 36-28 loss to Michigan State on Saturday night. Lightning soon struck in the form of Holmes, who sprinted 73 yards untouched into the end zone, an exclamation point on a dominant stretch of football by Michigan State.

Michigan State took ownership of the ball at 11:59 in the second quarter, trailing 7-0. He didn't see that O'Connor under threw it, rendering his costly sacrifice unnecessary.

The Spartans scored 36 straight points after surrendering the opening touchdown to grab a 36-7 lead.

"I remember the controversy over the 10-10 tie with Notre Dame and Michigan State, and the idea of one coach or the other settling for a tie, I don't think I would have voted for a coach who had a chance to win and settle for a tie", he said. "This is everywhere and this is on me. We gotta clean up the whole deal". "We hope to be a better football team in November than we are in September".

The Fighting Irish made it a one-score game when Kizer fired a strike to tight end Durham Smythe for a 12-yard touchdown with 6:02 to play. The loss kept the Spartans out of the national title game, although they likely would have made it under the current playoff system.

If you would like to receive an email each time a Michigan State football or basketball article is published fill out our email notification form. In the 1984 Orange Bowl, top-ranked Nebraska cut No. 5 Miami's lead to 31-30 with 48 seconds left on a 24-yard touchdown run by Jeff Smith on fourth and 8. Here's what we learned from the big win.

Can you express the frustration of costly mistakes?

Kelly is looking for improvement everywhere on defense, and that includes the coaching staff.

"We're not in good position".

"We're going to work to get this group better each and every week", he said. "That falls on my shoulders and we're not getting that done".

However, Notre Dame subsequently went on three touchdown drives of at least 65 yards, closing the gap to one possession. Brown at the 2:40 mark of the third. I thought we did that.

If the oft-celebrated Irish offensive line had opened up running lanes for sophomore Josh Adams, Notre Dame might have...

It was the flawless way to end a three-game losing streak against Notre Dame. Big third quarter, great rally by Notre Dame, DeShone Kizer has a great third and fourth quarter, very poised. "We had gotten a couple of stops defensively". They couldn't run the ball at all, but they had a lot of success passing it. He, London and Holmes will all undoubtedly play throughout the year but if one gets too hot to ignore, any one of them will take on the role. Notre Dame is 3-1 all-time against the Blue Devils. His day was highlighted by a 38 yard touchdown reception where he ripped the ball away from the defender. Scott did have 105 yards but the Spartans were not able to impose their will up front the way they would have liked.

"We can cry all we want about what we didn't do", Kelly said, "but we have to start doing it". Like I said earlier, they pride themselves on the same things that we do.

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