Sunday, September 16, 2012

Down Go the "Little Giants"

EAST LANSING, MI - SEPTEMBER 15: John Goodman #81 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish catches a first quarter touchdown next to Johnny Adams #5 of the Michigan State Spartans at Spartan Stadium on September 15, 2012 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Down go the "Little Giants."

All that I could see today, all day, was that "Little Giants" play from two years ago. And with a heavy heart for a struggling Manti Te'o, I waited all day for this game to start. But Te'o and company surely did not disappoint Notre Dame nation today.

Notre Dame and Michigan State both entered this game 2-0. Both teams with young quarterbacks at the helm. Irish fans wondered if their offense could handle the organized chaos that Michigan State's defense brings to the table. Brian Kelly and his Fighting Irish squad answered any and  all the questions that were out there with a resounding ... we're back.

With this Notre Dame upset of #10 Michigan State, the Fighting Irish are now 3-0  and have snapped a six-game losing streak against ranked teams. Notre Dame is off to its best start since 2002 when Tyrone Willingham won his first eight games as head coach. The Irish opened 0-2 last year and 1-3 the season before in Kelly's debut before bouncing back to finish with eight wins.

The pressure did not seem to bother Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson this week against the Spartans. Golson threw for one touchdown and rushed for another during the first half, against a Spartan defense who had not given up any offensive touchdowns in their first two games. Golson completed 14 of 32 passes for 178 yards. Freshman Spartan quarterback Andrew Maxwell, came out fighting as well, completing  23 of 45 attempts for 187 yards, while the Irish defense held his top running back Le'Veon Bell to only 77 yards on 19 carries. Read more at NoCoastBias.


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