The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have been talking a lot about "GRIT" this season. That word has been used in just about every interview and press conference with coaches and players. The Irish showed a lot of that grit in a 38-18 beatdown of the Michigan State Spartans in East Lansing.
A lof of Irish fans would most likely say that the word would describe another close game for the Irish, but not tonight.
Julian Love set the tone early with a 59 yard interception return for a touchdown that put the Irish up 14-0.
The hits didn't stop there. All in all, the Irish scored 21 points off of turnovers.
Greer Martini forced a fumble that Daelin Hayes recovered. Six plays later, Dexter Williams was on the receiving end of a Brandon Wimbush touchdown pass.
Perhaps the best play of the night came at the hands of the playmaker, Shaun Crawford. With the Irish up 21-7, Crawford stripped the ball from Spartan running back LJ Scott at the goal line. The Irish fell on the ball in the end zone and took over at the 20. On the ensuing drive, Josh Adams ripped off a 30 yard run, and Dexter Williams took it in for a touchdown from 14 yards out.
Three huge plays that basically sealed the win for the Irish. Michigan State scored a late touchdown and 2-point conversion with about 3 minutes left in the game.
Brandon Wimbush looked a lot better. He was 14-20 for 173 yards and a touchdown passing, and gained 52 yards and a touchdown rushing.
Notre Dame used three different running backs on the night, with fourth-string Deon McIntosh getting the majority of the carries (and most of those were late). McIntosh even got himself a rushing touchdown.
Both Josh Adams and Dexter Williams appeared to have gotten a little banged up, but no status was stated as of publishing time.
We will have much more on this game here at One Foot Down over the next few days, but for now HOLLA BECAUSE YOU GOT THAT MEGAPHONE!