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Close Games Don't Concern Lombard

Christian Lombard has been impressed with the improvement the Irish ground game has shown over the first three games of the 2009 season. The offensive lineman from Fremd High School (Palatine, Ill.) was on hand last weekend as the Irish rushed for 133 yards in their victory over Michigan State.

While many Notre Dame fans were concerned that the Irish didn't dominate Michigan State last weekend, Christian Lombard (6-foot-5, 280-pounds) believes the Notre Dame will be a better team for winning a close game. "I thought it was good that they had a game like that and they came out on top," Lombard said of Notre Dame 33-30 win over the Spartans. "If they have a big loss or a huge win they...

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