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Study Hall: Notre Dame 17, Michigan State 13

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Notre Dame 17, Michigan State 13

Irish State Irish State
Close % 100.0% STANDARD DOWNS
Field Position % 50.0% 38.0% Success Rate 31.8% 40.8%
Leverage % 66.7% 69.0% PPP 0.28 0.33
S&P 0.600 0.739
TOTAL
EqPts 20.2 23.0 PASSING DOWNS
Close Success Rate 31.8% 35.2% Success Rate 31.8% 22.7%
Close PPP 0.31 0.32 PPP 0.35 0.31
Close S&P 0.624 0.675 S&P 0.673 0.534
RUSHING TURNOVERS
EqPts 7.4 11.2 Number 0 1
Close Success Rate 34.4% 41.2% Turnover Pts 0.0 3.5
Close PPP 0.23 0.33 Turnover Pts Margin +3.5 -3.5
Close S&P 0.575 0.742
Line Yards/carry 3.15 1.85 Q1 S&P 0.680 0.593
Q2 S&P 0.711 0.552
PASSING Q3 S&P 0.699 1.071
EqPts 12.8 11.7 Q4 S&P 0.403 0.501
Close Success Rate 29.4% 29.7%
Close PPP 0.38 0.32 1st Down S&P 0.650 0.623
Close S&P 0.670 0.614 2nd Down S&P 0.633 0.572
SD/PD Sack Rate 5.3% / 0.0% 0.0% / 0.0% 3rd Down S&P 0.752 0.734
Projected Pt. Margin: Notre Dame +0.7 | Actual Pt. Margin: Notre Dame +4

Goodness, you'll struggle to ever find another game this even. Michigan State was a little better on standard downs, Notre Dame was a little better on passing downs, and in the end, the game was basically decided by a minor turnover and a missed Michigan State field goal. (And some pass interference calls, ahem.) I guess this reflects reasonably well on Michigan State, since the Irish were considered the better team and were at home, but ... this game didn't really reflect well on either team aesthetically.