Post-Game Notes: Notre Dame
Sept. 21, 2013
In the 77th meeting between the two schools, Notre Dame edged Michigan State, 17-13 ... Notre Dame now leads the all-time series, 48-28-1, including a 29-13 record at home ... UND has now won three straight in the series and four of the last five ... MSU head coach Mark Dantonio is 3-4 vs. Notre Dame, including a 1-3 record in Notre Dame Stadium ... Ten of the last 14 games in the series have been decided by seven points or less.
The Spartans limited the Irish to 82 yards rushing on 32 attempts (2.6 avg.) ... In 83 games under head coach Mark Dantonio, the Spartans have held their opponents below 100 yards rushing on 39 occasions (47 percent) ... MSU has held all four of its opponents this season below 100 yards rushing (11 by Western Michigan; 89 by South Florida; 51 by Youngstown State; 82 by Notre Dame).
Michigan State, which entered the game No. 1 in the FBS in total defense, allowed just 224 total yards to the Irish, the fewest in the Brian Kelly era at Notre Dame ... it was the fewest total yards by Notre Dame since it had just 91 in a loss to USC on Nov. 29, 2008 ... it also marked the fewest total yards Michigan State has allowed to Notre Dame since allowing 203 in the 31-14 victory in 2007.
The Spartans also held Notre Dame to season lows in first downs (14), including only two by rushing, passing yards (142) and pass completions (14)...the Spartan defense forced four three-and-out possessions, including three in the fourth quarter.
After being limited to a combined 79 yards rushing in the previous two meetings, Michigan State compiled 119 yards rushing on 35 attempts ... Jeremy Langford led the Spartans with 68 yards on 14 attempts (4.9 avg.) ... MSU is 27-4 (.871) under Dantonio since 2010 when out-rushing its opponent ... it marked the first time in the series a team has gained more rushing yards and lost since 2006 (MSU lost 40-37; out-rushed Notre Dame, 248-47).
Sophomore safety RJ Williamson, in his second career start, led MSU with a career-high 10 tackles.
Junior Kurtis Drummond posted a season-high 2.0 tackles for loss (7 yards) and had seven stops overall.
The Spartans recorded six tackles for loss (17 yards) and have collected 24 tackles for loss on the season.
MSU went on a 14-play, 79-yard TD drive in the second quarter, marking the longest TD drive of the season ... the Spartans opened the second half on a 15-play, 75-yard drive spanning 8:39, capped by a 25-yard field goal by Michael Geiger.
True freshman Michael Geiger made his first field-goal attempt of his career, a 25-yard attempt in the third quarter ... he also connected on a 42-yard attempt in the fourth quarter.
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