College Football Scores Week 3: Notre Dame Must Keep Running vs. Michigan State
Notre Dame has finally figured out how to win a football game, just in time to take the Megaphone from Michigan State—run the ball and keep it out of Tommy Rees' hands.
The Irish, still fighting for their first victory of the 2011 college football season, have leaned on running backs Cierre Wood and Jonas Gray to get the job done in the first half. Each has garnered nine carries thus far, with Wood picking up 64 yards and two touchdowns and Gray going for 54 yards of his own.
Rees, meanwhile, has gone a respectable 7-for-11 for 83 yards, but has already turned the ball over twice with a pick and a fumble. Rees was intercepted twice in each of Notre Dame's first two games, making today's game against Michigan State his third in a row with at least two giveaways.
That being said, Rees isn't about to be pulled in favor of Dayne Crist, who used up his equity with a poor performance in the season opener against South Florida. If the Irish are going to hang on against the No. 15 Spartans, they would do well to have Rees hand the ball off at every opportunity until Michigan State proves it can stop Notre Dame from picking up yardage on the ground.
If nothing else, the Irish must do everything they can to keep the Sparty offense, led by senior quarterback Kirk Cousins, on the sideline. Cousins played well in the first half, completing 12-of-18 for 140 yards and a touchdown, but finds his team down 21-10 after 30 minutes. Expect him to come out firing when Michigan State has possession to start the second half.
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