Brown outlines keys for MSU win over ND

"[Saturday's game] will answer a lot of questions because we're not in the national picture yet, we're still in the local [picture]. But Notre Dame has beaten two nationally ranked teams - they're on the national level. So, for us to get [to that level], we've got to go to Notre Dame and make a statement." -- Michigan State receiver Kyle Brown.

EAST LANSING - MSU senior wide receiver Kyle Brown has seen the success that Michigan State has when it goes on the road to Notre Dame. Brown has had a hand in two wins at South Bend and is hoping to make it three.

But Brown says it's kind of tough to put your finger on why MSU has played well in Notre Dame stadium. "I have no clue about it. Come Saturday, the best team is going to win, the team that makes the most plays is going to win," said Brown.

"I don't know how we had the most success, but what happens in every outcome of a game is that the best team is going to win. Probably those past four times we went down there, we made more plays than they did. That probably was the outcome of the game."

He says MSU has an opportunity to step out of the shadows and into the spotlight with a win over the tenth-ranked Fighting Irish.

"It will answer a lot of questions because we're not in the national picture yet, we're still in the local [picture]. But Notre Dame has beaten two nationally ranked teams - they're on the national level. So, for us to get [to that level], we've got to go to Notre Dame and make a statement."

Brown says one of the keys, especially for young players like freshman running back Javon Ringer will be blocking out potential distraction like the wild and crazy Notre Dame student section.

"As long as you just block out all of the distractions, it's just like playing on the practice field, kind of. You just have to continue to play [the way] you want to play, because for that matter, you could be distracted at the stadium with all the fans screaming and yelling. You just have to block all that out," said the big play senior wide out.

"For a young guy, [Javon] played the last game. Going to Notre Dame, it's probably going to be consistency. He's just got to go out there and block everything out and play. Myself, I don't think it's going to hurt him at all out there on the field."

Brown believes the MSU offensive success is no fluke and that as long as junior quarterback Drew Stanton remains healthy, the Spartans will have a chance in every ballgame.

"It's not surprising to me because I've seen this all spring. He's been our starter since the spring and that's how our offense has been clicking all year. We just had to have a steady quarterback behind center. Like the past two years it was always 'flippy-floppy'.

But when we did get that starter, our offense really clicked. So now that we have Drew back there - if we can keep him healthy - we can show a lot of things this year."

Maybe even a win over Notre Dame and a top-ten ranking.


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