There’s no escaping the conga line of excruciating Notre Dame losses in recent years. If the 35-31 loss last week to Michigan wasn’t transcendent enough, Michigan State’s presence at Notre Dame Stadium on Saturday will serve as a stark reminder of another wound not fully healed.
Pain is gain, they say. Maybe it will take players getting fed up after all the last-second touchdowns and fake field goals in overtime to finally get this program over the hump.
“We want to get revenge, and we know that it’s a big rivalry game, and it’s a game that we can get back on our feet,” receiver Michael Floyd said.
The game against the 15th-ranked Spartans (2-0) might be just what Notre Dame (0-2) needs. The stunning fake field goal that beat the Irish in overtime last season is still fresh in their minds, as is the sting of giving up a game-winning, two-play, 64-yard, 28-second drive to the Wolverines last week.