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Mulligan, Anyone?

Robert Blanton provided key plays all afternoon

Notre Dame re-started its season with a 31-13 win over No. 15 Michigan State. The Irish would be well-served to follow Saturday's prototype in the weeks that follow.

Notre Dame's 2011 blueprint for success made its initial appearance of the season Saturday – two weeks too late for some, but none-too-soon for Brian Kelly's now 1-2, still breathing, still confident Irish. This time the empty stats, meaningless yardage between the field's 20-yard lines, and 300-yard passing efforts belonged to someone else – still the losing squad, of course, just not the... Recommended Stories