Posted by Tom Fornelli
Through the first 30 minutes in East Lansing there's been quite a bit of offense, but not much in the way of points. Notre Dame has 205 total yards of offense in the first half but their lone touchdown came in the first quarter when Dayne Crist hit Michael Floyd on a 7-yard fade route in the end zone. Michigan State, meanwhile, has managed 214 yards of their own, but like the Irish, only 7 points.
Their score came on a 6-yard touchdown pass from Kirk Cousins to KeShawn Martin.
So why the lack of points? Well, as is often the case, turnovers. Turnovers which are even more deadly when they happen inside the red zone.
This game could look a lot different right now if both teams were doing a better job holding onto the ball. In the second quarter the Spartans put together a 16-play 72-yard drive only to see it end when Cousins was picked off in the end zone by Zeke Mowatt. The Irish's misfortunes have come courtesy of a Michael Floyd fumble at the Spartans 11-yard line and a Dayne Crist interception at the Michigan State 6-yard line.
So, theoretically, this game should be somewhere in the 21-14 range. Realistically it's tied 7-7 with two very unhappy coaches laying into their teams in the locker room.