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Michigan State running back Gerald Holmes loss and gained during the weekend as the Spartans knocked off Notre Dame.

A loss off the field gave Michigan State running back Gerald Holmes even more motivation to have a big game against Notre Dame. After rushing for 100 yards and two scores, Holmes spoke about his personal loss and how he kept his mind straight after not positing a carry in the Spartans first game of the season.

The loss of a loved one gave Michigan State Spartans running back Gerald Holmes even more motivation to grab any opportunity he would receive when the Spartans took on Notre Dame. 

With the passing of his grandmother Friday, Holmes proved he wasn’t ready to step back from the work he’d done the previous season and the past two weeks leading up to the Spartans battle with the Irish.

While LJ Scott and Madre London got the carries in the opener, Mark Dantonio called upon Holmes to spell Scott against the Irish and the Flint native delivered making sure he didn’t waste any of his 13 carries in the Spartans 36-28 win over the Irish.

Following the game, the media learned Holmes lost his grandmother the day before the game as Dantonio spoke about it during his postgame press conference.

"G" lost his grandmother Friday, so that was difficult for him, so our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family,” said Dantonio.  “As far as giving him the ball, you know, really he's a hot back, we're going to give the hot back the ball. I don't care who runs it, but he got hot, so we're going to give him touches. Not sure how many he got but both of them ran for over 100 yards.

However, for Holmes the game he played was for more than just one family member.

“I was playing for everybody I loss,” said Holmes shaking his head.  “My mother, everybody.”

While some focused on Holmes not getting carries against Furman, he remained focused knowing he and the other backs would all get their opportunities.

“We all had a big role in this game and in our identity,” he said.  We all go in at different points.  I never think too much as it’s all about when my name gets called.  I just worked hard.  I didn’t stop or get down.  I just stayed with a straight mind and worked hard running the ball in practice.”

One of those chances ended up being one of the Spartans biggest plays when Holmes raced 73-yards late in the third quarter giving MSU 36-7 advantage over the Irish.

“It’s the longest run of my career so far,” he said.  “It felt like high school all over again.  I was looking back and forth the whole time, but for the most part it was like Christmas.”

Holmes made sure to share the praise with the offensive linemen who made his big run possible.

“I was following Benny (McGowan), Kodi (Kieler), everybody on the front, Machado (Miguel).  They all blocked their asses off and just went crazy.”

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