Post Game Coverage: Irish 0-4 for 1st time ever

For the first time in history, an Irish football team is 0-4.

Notre Dame fell to Michigan State 31-14 on Saturday. The Spartans are now 4-0.

The Irish entered the game after a return to "training camp" this week in practice.

The new game plan gave the Irish faithful something they hadn't seen this year early on: a good start.

After a Brian Hoyer 1st quarter fumble, Notre Dame took possession at the MSU 9-yard line.

5th-year senior captain Travis Thomas then rushed it in for the 1st Irish offensive touchdown of the season, giving Notre Dame a 7-0 lead.

Michigan State responded with a pair of Hoyer touchdown passes. The 1st to Devin Thomas. The 2nd to Kellen Davis.

Jimmy Clausen, who was 7 of 13 for 53 yards passing, was then hit and stripped of the ball by Jonal Saint-Dic. This led to Spartan field goal to make it 17-7.

Notre Dame responded with a Thunder and Thunder running attack. James Alridge, who had 104 yards rushing in the game, ran it 43 yards to the MSU 23 yard line in the 2nd quarter.

Freshman Robert Hughes responded with a 17 yard run to the Spartan 6. Hughes then finished off the drive with a 3-yard touchdown run.

David Bruton made a key interception late in the 1st half.

MSU took at 17-14 lead into half.

It was all Spartans from there.

Devin Thomas returned the opening kickoff of the 2nd half 52 yards to the Notre Dame 45.

Hoyer then connected with Mark Dell for a 16 yard touchdown to make it 24-14.

Later in the 3rd quarter, Hoyer struck again for his 4th touchdown pass of the game. He found Davis for the 2nd time on the afternoon, this one for 30 yards. Davis had two TDs on the day.

That made it 31-14.

Evan Sharpley entered the game for Jimmy Clausen early in 4th quarter. He was 4 of 7 for 33 yards.

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