September 18, 2011

Def. Notebook: Better days ahead for run defense?

SOUTH BEND - The Michigan State defense gave up 112 yards rushing and a pair of touchdowns on 22 carries in the first half of a 31-13 loss at Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish ran the ball 10 times for two yards in the second half.

"I am not used to us not stopping the run," said senior captain Trenton Robinson, a three-year starter at free safety. "They were getting way too many rushing yards in the first half and we didn't execute the way that we were supposed to and there was a result.

"We knew what they liked to do and we knew what they were going to do. We weren't so keyed in on anyone that we were opening ourselves up to something. We just weren't executing our responsibilities and doing what we were supposed to be doing."

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