Football is a game of emotions and for this year’s Notre Dame team nothing is different. As you saw two weeks ago with the devastating loss to the Michigan Wolverines it was apparent that the Irish Eyes were not smiling on that night. Coach Kelly’s passion for the game is unquestionable, and it was in full gear come Michigan State weekend. Despite being favored to win against Michigan State, a consistent Big Ten Contender, Notre Dame still had to prove their ability to control the game for a full 60 minutes.
After holding the Spartans to under 100 yards rushing and coming up with big turnovers when needed, the defense surely made up against Michigan State, for Michigan’s 80 yard drive in 30 seconds. Blanton seemed to be the brightest spot in the secondary after securing the game with an interception on the one yard line. If Notre Dame’s defense can keep up this type of intensity it will be interesting to see how the rest of the season plays out. On the flip side, the offense still has some work to do, even though the run game looked fantastic, turnovers are still the Irish’s Achilles heel. Rees had two turnovers: one bad throw and one fumble, and John Goodman fumbled, too. If it was not for Blanton’s heroics, Michigan State could have pulled off another heart breaking win.
Although the Irish Eyes are finally smiling after finally winning their first game, there is still room for improvement, especially on the offensive side of the ball. Expect Notre Dame to be sound on both sides of the ball against Pittsburgh, if not this could be another disappointing season for the Irish.
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