September 15, 2012; East Lansing, MI, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish quarterback Everett Golson (5) throws a pass during the second half against the Michigan State Spartans at Spartan Stadium. Notre Dame won 20-3. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-US PRESSWIRE

Notre Dame Vs. Michigan State: Irish Defense Dominates 20-3 Win

Manti Te'o led the Notre Dame defense in a dominant 20-3 win over Michigan State Saturday.

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Notre Dame LB Manti Te'o Deals With Multiple Tragedies

Over the last two weeks Irish LB Manti Te'o has been showing the kind of ability pundits see as they peg him to be a first round draft pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. Tonight, however, is not a time to be thinking of the on-field success of Notre Dame's leading tackler.

It's impossible to imagine what Te'o is going through. Losing a grandparent is difficult enough, especially for a young man under the immense pressure week in, week out that Manti is, but to compound this with losing a close friend is incomprehensible.

Currently there is no indication whether the 21-year-old senior will play in Saturday night's game against Michigan State, and it's too early to talk about the impact on the Irish if he's unable to play. All we can do is send our thoughts and wishes to Manti Te'o, and hope he gets through these tragedies as best he can.

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Notre Dame Football: Fighting Irish Secondary Faces Another Stiff Test From MSU

Twentieth-ranked Notre Dame looks to go 3-0 Saturday, but the Irish will have to upset No. 10 Michigan State to do so.

That's a tall order in East Lansing, even though both teams are 2-0 and have played at least one quality opponent. Notre Dame's defensive backfield will be tested by the Spartans, who will come with a balance offensive attack that is led by running back Le'Veon Bell but also feature a solid passing game.

Quarterback Andrew Maxwell, a junior who took over for departed NFL draft pick Kirk Cousins, has completed just over 60 percent of his passes for 523 yards and two touchdowns, but he has also thrown three interceptions. The Spartans will throw the ball downfield, though, as it helps set up the running game.

Maxwell has found good targets in wide receiver Bennie Fowler and tight end Dion Sims. Though Notre Dame has given up less than 200 yards a game through the air so far this season, it has not faced an offense this good with this kind of balance.

Game time is Saturday at 7 p.m. CT on ABC.

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The Closer: Notre Dame Vs. Purdue Recap

Z.W. Martin recaps the Notre Dame vs. Purdue contest resulting in a 20-17 victory for the Irish.


Notre Dame QB Everett Golson Knows He Needs To Keep Getting Better

Many of the Notre Dame faithful believe in Fighting Irish sophomore quarterback Everett Golson after his solid 12-for-18, 144-yard, 1-touchdown/1-interception performance last Saturday in Dublin, Ireland, in a game the Irish dominated, 50-10, over Navy.

While fans might think Golson is the man to settle the position and coach Brian Kelly reaffirmed his decision to continue with Golson in comments this week, Golson sees his standing as a week-to-week situation.

"My job is not certain right now," Golson was quoted as saying in the Chicago Tribune. "I still have my foot on the gas pedal."

Meaning he has to keep moving forward and faster in his development in order to keep the high-profile job, in his opinion. Golson cited a number of things he has to work on, including mechanics, footwork and being more decisive with his reads.

The 22nd-ranked Irish (1-0) face Purdue (1-0) in South Bend this week. The Boilermakers figure to be a stronger opponent than Navy was last weekend.

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Navy Vs. Notre Dame 2012: Final Score And Game Recap

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish truly lived up to their moniker today, as the Golden Domers defeated the Navy Midshipmen by a score of 50-10 in Dublin's Aviva Stadium.

Notre Dame scored early and often, jumping out to a 13-0 lead after the first quarter and a 27-3 lead at the half. Fighting Irish halfbacks Theo Riddick and George Atkinson III combined for 206 yards and four touchdowns on the ground while quarterback Everett Golson passed for 144 yards, a touchdown, and an interception on 12 completions and 18 attempts.

Navy's option attack struggled significantly against the Irish defense, gaining 293 total yards while committing four turnovers. Surprisingly, given the team's strengths, the Mids struggled to move the ball on the ground, earning only 101 total yards rushing on 38 total team carries. The lone bright spot on the offense was wideout Shawn Lynch, who caught four passes for 87 yards and a touchdown.

Upon their return from Ireland, Notre Dame will host the Purdue Boilermakers at home while Navy will have a bye week before travelling to Penn State.

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