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The Michigan State Spartans head to the locker room with a 15-7 lead over Notre Dame. Who stepped forward for the Spartans?

Michigan State has an early 15-7 lead over Notre Dame at the half. Who stepped forward for the Spartans in the first half? We break it down.

The Michigan State Spartans came in underdogs to Notre Dame on Saturday night but found their groove in the second quarter after giving up a 14-yard rushing touchdown to Irish quarterback DeShone Kizer with 3:07 left in the first quarter.

Spartans quarterback Tyler O'Connor threw an interception on the Spartans second drive of the game but came back with a great play to freshman wide receiver Donnie Corley on a 38 yard pass that reminded many Spartan fans on the play he made last season at Kings High School that helped them win a state championships.

Instead of kicking the extra point, MSU went for two and converted giving them a 8-7 advantage over the home team.

O'Connor finished the first half having gone 12-of-16 for 161 yards and two tochdowns with one interception.

While Corley made the big play, it was R.J. Shelton with the next play when he took an O'Connor shovel pass in from the 10-yard line with just 28-seconds left in the half.

The Irish decided to take a shot with little time left and came up just short on a hail mary pass from Kizer to Chase Claypool as time expired.

So far the Spartans defense has made the plays when needed but will be tested the rest of this game.

The good news is the Spartans will start the second half with the ball and a chance to add to their 15-7 lead over the Irish.

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