Irish Recapture Megaphone Win Over Spartans

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Associated Press | September 24, 2017

Brian Lewerke threw toward the left side of the field and Julian Love broke to the ball.

"I really don't remember the rest," the Notre Dame cornerback said.

Love intercepted the pass and had open field in front of him, scoring on a 59-yard return in the first quarter that gave the Irish a comfortable early lead in their 38-18 victory over Michigan State on Saturday night. Notre Dame was outgained but never trailed. The Irish took control by forcing three crucial turnovers in the first half.

Brandon Wimbush threw for a touchdown and ran for one for Notre Dame, and Dexter Williams caught a touchdown pass and ran for a TD. Deon McIntosh added a scoring run for the Irish (3-1).

It was the first time Michigan State (2-1) went an entire regular-season game without leading in over five years.

Michigan State hadn't allowed an offensive touchdown through its first two games, but Notre Dame put an end to that run by driving 78 yards in 1:55 on the game's first possession. Wimbush opened the scoring with a 16-yard run, and then Love picked off Lewerke's pass and ran it back to give the Irish a 14-point advantage.

"We got the pick-six and got up 14-0, then we were able to control the football a little bit," Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said. "Then when you get a lead on the road, I thought that Brandon Wimbush did a really good job of controlling the offense. And then again I think like everything else, if you take care of the football, which we did today, good things happen."

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