Spartans Front Seven Magnificent

Michigan State defensive end Brandon Long had an oustanding performance, sacking Clausen (24-of-41 for 242 yards, 1 touchdown and two interceptions) twice while safety Otis Wiley continued his outstanding play with two more interceptions to move to four on the season.

EAST LANSING - Pat Narduzzi was beaming with pride as he came through the tunnel greeting visitors, family and friends - and why not?

Narduzzi just watched his defense nearly pitch a second consecutive shutout, allowing its first touchdown in nearly seven quarters of football.

His defensive front seven, made up primarily of Brandon Long, Oren Wilson, Justin Kershaw and Trevor Anderson across the front four along with Greg Jones, Eric Gordon and Adam Decker across the linebacking corps held Notre Dame to just 59 yards rushing.

"We obviously came out and it doesn't take a brain surgeon to figure out we wanted to control the line of scrimmage," said Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis.

"They were winning the line of scrimmage. It still comes down to winning the line of scrimmage and while I thought our defense had held up very well at the line of scrimmage, but I thought their defensive line got the best of our offense, not just our offensive line, but our offense."

At that point, Notre Dame became almost one-dimensional, eschewing the run in exchange for passing nearly every down. That allowed the Spartans defense to pin their ears back and get after Irish quarterback Jimmy Clausen.

Michigan State defensive end Brandon Long had an oustanding performance, sacking Clausen (24-of-41 for 242 yards, 1 touchdown and two interceptions) twice while safety Otis Wiley continued his outstanding play with two more interceptions to move to four on the season.

The Spartans front seven's dominance, kept putting the ball into the hands of the Big Ten's best player Javon Ringer who converted 39 carries into a 217-yard, two touchdown performance.

Give the Spartans defense a game ball for their stellar play for the second consecutive week.


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