Spartans must try again to recover from Notre Dame

Associated Press Modified: September 18, 2012 at 6:32 pm •  Published: September 18, 2012
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EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Mark Dantonio is eager to put his team's loss to Notre Dame in the past — even if it were to mean moving the next game on the schedule up a few days.

"I wish we were playing tomorrow. I wish we were playing today," the Michigan State coach said Tuesday. "That's how we feel. That's how you feel after what happened last Saturday. You want to just get on with it and get back on the game field. You want to try to right a wrong."

The Spartans will have to wait until Saturday for their next game, against Eastern Michigan, and there isn't much for them to feel good about after their 20-3 loss to Notre Dame. It was the second straight year the Irish beat Michigan State by double digits, and although the loss doesn't directly affect the Spartans' Rose Bowl hopes, it did raise questions about their prospects.

Michigan State (2-1) played pretty well on defense, allowing a couple touchdowns in the first half but otherwise keeping Notre Dame in check. It was the offense that had problems, managing only 237 total yards.

"I think I got inaccurate at the end of the game. That's the worst possible time to become inaccurate," quarterback Andrew Maxwell said. "Last couple drives, when it was sort of our last-ditch effort to get something going, get a drive, get some points on the board, I can think of a couple throws, they were open, I was just inaccurate and we didn't make the play."

Running back Le'Veon Bell, who began the season with a tremendous performance against Boise State, was less of a factor against the Irish. He had 77 yards on 19 carries, and Maxwell was 23 of 45 for 187 yards.

The loss snapped a 15-game home winning streak for the Spartans.

"When you look at us offensively, we didn't have enough explosive plays," Dantonio said. "I think myself, I got impatient in the second half a little bit."



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