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2011 Irish built from within, a fact that will allow Brian Kelly's second squad to contend following a trying opening month.

Over the last five seasons, Michigan State won three games vs. Notre Dame's two when the teams knocked heads due largely to the Spartans dominance at the line of scrimmage – notably, its ground success vs. Notre Dame's futile attempts to establish the same. The Spartans ground game out-gained the Irish over this span, 978 yards to 405. Saturday, Brian Kelly's crew flipped the script...

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