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Third times a charm, Notre Dame beats Michigan State

NOTRE DAME – The Fighting Irish put their first win of the 2011 Football Season on the record books Saturday night. Notre Dame beat Michigan State 31-13 at Notre Dame Stadium.


The third game was the Irish's lucky match-up. The Irish fell to University of South Florida in their home opener and lost it at the end to the University of Michigan at the first ever night game at the Big House.

After Saturday's game, Head Coach Brian Kelly said he likes working with a team that doesn’t let losing stop them.

"It's nice when you're coaching the team that can bounce back from adversity,” said Kelly.

Kelly said it was an all team effort on the field. The Irish had six true freshmen in the game, including George Adkinson who made a memorable mark on the scoreboard.

Adkinson scored on an 89 yard kickoff return in the first quarter. He said that, too, was all about his teammates.

"It was just a dream come true. It was all just a team effort,” said Adkinson.

Now with one win under their belt, the Irish hope this gets them going for the rest of the season.

“Getting the win helps a lot of guys. You know we've been confident and we've  even had times we've been down on ourselves, but getting back on the winning track and on the right track and it helps us a lot going forward,” said Quarterback Tommy Rees.

Notre Dame plays at Pittsburgh next week with a noon kickoff.

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