Sep 23, 2017; East Lansing, MI, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish running back Dexter Williams dives into the end zone for a touchdown as Michigan State Spartans linebacker Antjuan Simmons and cornerback Josiah Scott defend in the second quarter at Spartan Stadium.
Looking back at what happened in Michigan State’s 38-18 loss to Notre Dame and a look ahead to next week’s Big Ten opener at home against Iowa.Three things we learnedTurnover turmoil: The Spartans’ three turnovers, which led to three Notre Dame touchdowns, stuck out “Like a big, sore thumb” according co-offensive coordinator Dave Warner.
Third-down fluctuations: MSU entered the game as the nation’s best defense on third down, having allowed a 10.7% conversion rate through two games.
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Iowa entered Big Ten play after wins over Wyoming, Iowa State and North Texas.
Three things to watchResiliency tested: When Notre Dame’s Julian Love picked off Brian Lewerke and ran it back for a TD, MSU’s sophomore QB immediately led the Spartans on a scoring drive to answer.