Scout’s Notebook: Notre Dame @ Mich. St.


The following is a player review of Notre Dame in the team’s thrilling 34-31 loss to Michigan State. The Fighting Irish employed a high-tempo spread offense to move the ball on the Spartans, but their defense did little to contain the opposition.

Crist the savior

A Savior? Not exactly. But junior quarterback Dayne Crist showed promise in an uneven performance in which he completed 32 of 55 pass attempts for 369 yards with four touchdowns and one interception.

Although his numbers look great, there were times when Crist appeared rattled by the crowd noise and hurried his throws as a result. There were also instances during the first half where the signal caller tried to change protections and lost sight of the game clock, earning him a delay-of-game penalty on one occasion.

His tendency to rush his throws at the slightest hint of pressure saw

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