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Notre Dame, Michigan State locked in defensive tussle

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Neither team has been able to do much of anything on offense in the first half, but Notre Dame managed to take a lead against Michigan State to the break after scoring a late touchdown for a 10-7 lead. T.J. Jones caught a pass from Tommy Rees at the back of the end zone to extend his reception streak to 31 games. If Jones did not bring in that pass the Irish may have gone to the locker room with their heads dropped after a frustrating first half.

Connor Cook‘s 12-yard touchdown pass to a back-peddling Macgarrett Kings Jr. gave the Spartans the lead midway through the second quarter, but Tommy Rees and the Irish moved down field before halftime to grab the lead back. The late score by the Irish was aided by one of three pass interference penalties called against the Spartans in the first half.

This game was expected to be more about the defense than the offense, and for the most part that has held true. Michigan State is finding out rather quickly that the offense they discovered last week against Youngstown State is having a much more difficult time this weekend in South Bend. Neither offense has been able to do much, but neither offense has made any costly mistakes. There were no turnovers in the first half. Given the recent history of this rivalry, the first turnover could become a huge factor in the second half.

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5 Responses to “Notre Dame, Michigan State locked in defensive tussle”
  1. patschuster7106 says: Sep 21, 2013 5:27 PM

    Reblogged this on Schu Report.

  2. cometkazie says: Sep 21, 2013 5:32 PM

    I think it has more to do with offensive ineptness than good defenses.

  3. sinnermike says: Sep 21, 2013 5:39 PM

    This game stinks! Both offenses are terrible; ND got most of its yards throug penalty, and MSU offense is just bad.
    The announcers are calling it a slug fest but in reality it is a slop fest between 2 over-hyped teams. There is not enough lipstick in the world to put on this pig.

  4. 700levelvet says: Sep 21, 2013 7:12 PM

    Defensive tussle??? How about an Offensive clusterf&!$k…

  5. jgater1981 says: Sep 21, 2013 7:15 PM

    @sinnermike I’m an ND fan, but overhyped teams? One is ranked #22 and the other unranked.

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