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Football: Michigan State wins sixth straight at ND

Fran Tolan and Chris Hine | Monday, September 24, 2007

Michigan State became the first opponent to win six games in a row at Notre Dame Stadium.

Infamous recordNotre Dame is now 0-4, the first time the team has ever dropped its first four contests.Scoring droughtThe Irish have scored 27 points through four games. This total is the third-fewest ever in school history.

Mrs. Parseghian honoredKatie Parseghian, wife of former Irish coach Ara Parseghian, was presented with an honorary monogram by the Notre Dame Monogram Club.The presentation was made by Monogram Club president Mark Kelly in the Monogram Room of the Joyce Center at the conclusion of Mass that was part of the dedication of a statue of Ara.Old rivalsSaturday’s matchup marked the 71st meeting between Notre Dame and Michigan State. The Irish have a 44-26-1 record against the Spartans. Only Navy, Purdue and USC have faced Notre Dame more times than Michigan State.

Bruton gets his first pickJunior free safety David Bruton intercepted the first pass of his career Saturday. Bruton picked off Michigan State quarterback Brian Hoyer in Notre Dame’s end zone in the second quarter.

Selling outSaturday’s game was the 194th consecutive sellout in Notre Dame Stadium.

Getting luckyThe Irish won the coin toss and elected to receive. Notre Dame has won three of the four coin tosses this season and has received to start each game.

Maust gets some workSophomore punter Eric Maust came in for Geoff Price at various times in the game. Maust had punts of 41, 38 and 50 yards.

Irish freshman linebacker Kerry Neal recorded his first career sack in the second quarter Saturday.