Matt Cashore-US PRESSWIRE
Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly has been on a mission to build a championship-caliber defense in South Bend since he accepted the job in December of 2009.
Thankfully, Kelly understands that the bread and butter of any elite defense is stopping the run.
The Irish were excellent in that department on Saturday, yielding 90 rushing yards to Purdue. It was the second consecutive week in which the Irish front seven were stout against the opposing ground game, as Manti Te'o and Co. have allowed roughly 3.4 yards per carry through two games.
Boilermaker starting running back Akeem Shavers was limited to 37 rushing yards on 12 carries, good for an average of 3.1 yards per carry. However, shutting down Michigan State's Le'Veon Bell next week will be a monstrous task for the Irish front seven.