September 15, 2012 - Onward to Victory - Te'o Edition

Immediately following last week's game, Brian Kelly assured everyone that Everett Golson was the team's starter. The bigger news of the week however was the loss of Manti Te'o's girlfriend and grandmother within hours of each other. Te'o's girlfriend had him promise that if anything had happened to her that he would play the next game and honor her with his performance. (Update: It would become well documented that Te'o's girlfriend actually never existed and Te'o was the center of an elaborate catfishing scheme.) True to his word, Te'o traveled with the team to East Lansing. Te'o had recovered a fumble and recorded his first career interception earlier against Navy, but his performance would speak volumes in tonight's game.

On the road playing a top ten team at home, Notre Dame went to using wristbands to aid signalling plays. It caused some initial confusion with the first play resulting in a false start and immediately followed by a timeout. Early jitters forced the offense to punt, but the defense held a three-and-out as well. Working with a short field, Golson turned a broken play into backyard football by completing a 36 yard touchdown pass across the field to John Goodman. Michigan State would miss a 44 yard field goal and after the first Notre Dame led 7-0. In the second quarter, the offense would start at midfield again and George Atkinson would rip off a 32 yard rush which set up Golson's 6 yard touchdown run. The defense would keep Michigan State out of the red zone and the MSU kicker made a 50 yard field goal. The score would remain Irish 14-3 at half time.

The third quarter saw many three and outs and many punts as the neither team could score. In the fourth quarter, Kyle Brindza would make field goals of 29 yards and 47 yards to secure a 20-3 victory, ending Michigan State's 15 game home winning streak. True to Kelly's word, Golson played the entire game making big plays with his arm and his leg. The Irish defense would hold Michigan State without a touchdown and ended Le'Veon Bell's Heisman campaign as he had only 77 yards rushing. It was Michigan State's worst showing at home since losing 20-3 to Central Michigan in 1993. Te'o finished the game with 12 tackles, one for a loss, and broke up two passes. The last time Notre Dame had defeated a top ten opponent was #3 Michigan in 2005.

         1  2  3  4   F
#20 ND   7  7  0  6  20
#10 MSU  0  3  0  0   3

For the first time since 2002 and the 55th time overall, Notre Dame started the season 3-0.

Keywords: football, michigan state, brian kelly, everett golson, manti teo, john goodman, george atkinson, leveon bell, central michigan, heisman

Posted On: 2012-12-01 00:15:11 by IrishTrpt07
Edited On: 2013-01-22 16:41:30 by IrishTrpt07


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   Posted By: Swinger at 2012-12-01 08:56:25[#1]
I love the game recaps. This MSU game was one of the most satisfying ND performances I can remember.
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