ND-MSU Quick Hits

A quick collection of news and notes from Notre Dame's 20-3 victory over No. 10 Michigan State Saturday in East Lansing:

• What does Notre Dame’s victory over Michigan State mean other than starting the year 3-0 for the first times since 2002? Well, it was also the first win in a road opener since 2006 and represents the first time the Irish have knocked off a top-10 team since 2005 (at No. 3 Michigan).

• Notre Dame hasn’t held a top-10 opponent to so few points away from South Bend since 1966, when the Irish thumped No. 10 USC, 51-0. The Irish have limited top-10 teams to three or fewer points six times in school history. The last time Notre Dame has allowed just three or fewer points to a top-10 squad at home was in 1993, a 28-3 victory over 10th-ranked Texas A&M.

• The trip to East Lansing resulted in the first game since 2010 when Notre Dame didn’t allow an offensive touchdown. While they were at it, the Irish surrendered only 237 total yards — the fewest in a road game since ND held Washington to 124 yards in 2008.

• Fifth-year senior receiver John Goodman waited 33 games between his first and second touchdown receptions. As a sophomore against Washington State in 2009, the former high school quarterback recorded his first catch for a score. He added his second TD grab against the Spartans, a 36-yarder from sophomore quarterback Everett Golson that gave the Irish a 7-0 lead with 10:34 to play in the first quarter. It was also Golson’s third touchdown pass of the season.

• Notre Dame senior punter Ben Turk was phenomenal in East Lansing, averaging 42.4 yards per punt on eight attempts. He pinned four punts inside the Spartans’ 20-yard line and registered two kicks over 50 yards, including a 53-yarder down to the MSU 12-yard line early in the fourth quarter.

• Michigan State, a traditionally strong rushing team, has managed just 79 yards on 48 carries against the Irish in the last two meetings. The Spartans compiled just 50 net rushing yards on 25 carries in Saturday’s meeting.

• The Spartans had not allowed a sack on first-year starting quarterback Andrew Maxwell through their first two games, but Notre Dame sacked the junior four times. On top of the sacks, Notre Dame registered six tackles for loss and hit the QB several more times.

• Notre Dame has now allowed only 30 points through its first three games, which is the lowest total since the 1988 national championship season, when the Irish gave up 27 points through the first three contests.

• After an emotionally trying week for senior linebacker Manti Te’o, the captain put together his 20th career double-digit-tackles game. His game-high 12 stops moved him into sixth place all-time at Notre Dame with 354. He has led the team in tackles 22 times in his career.

• Along with Goodman’s 36-yard TD catch in the first quarter, junior receiver T.J. Jones had a 21-yard reception in the first stanza. They became the seventh and eighth wideouts to pull in a pass of at least 20 yards for the Irish this season.

• Junior outside linebacker Danny Spond, who missed the first two contests due to migraines, for which he was hospitalized during fall camp, made his 2012 debut. Freshman defensive end Sheldon Day registered his first career sack and pass breakup on back-to-back plays to force the Spartans to settle for a 50-yard field goal with 3:43 remaining in the first half. Sophomore nose guard Tony Springman earned his first career sack in the second quarter.

• Michigan State hasn’t been held to three points at home since the 1991 season.

• Golson is the first Irish quarterback with a rushing touchdown in back-to-back games since Dayne Crist, who had three consecutive games with a rushing score, in 2010. Golson’s first three career touchdown passes went to three different receivers. He averaged 18 yards per completion in the first half against the Spartans.

• Fifth-year senior safety Jamoris Slaughter left the game after the second play in the third quarter and was seen leaving Spartan Stadium on crutches and with a boot on his left foot.

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