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"Cheer, Cheer for Old Notre Dame"
Football fans and coaches look past fate when they win and lament the ball that didn't bounce their way when they come up short. Although the Irish still committed three turnovers, they got some breaks, too, for perhaps the first time all season.
Just last weekend, the Irish defense forced a fumble on third-and-goal, only to watch helplessly as the ball bounced right to Denard Robinson, who promptly scampered into the end zone.
This week, after Michigan State cut the Irish lead to 7-3, the kicker nearly jarred the ball loose on George Atkinson III, however, Atkinson was able to gather the ball and race the remaining distance for a touchdown and a 14-3 Notre Dame lead.
On a later return, Atkinson did fumble; however, he quickly recovered his own miscue. I can't help but think that last week or in Week 1, neither play would have ended positively for Notre Dame. Notre Dame Defensive Coordinator Bob Diaco remarked that bad breaks tend to even out during the season; this appeared to be the case on Saturday.