Irish tied after sloppy first half

The first half between Michigan State and Notre Dame sure hasn't been a thing of beauty. The teams are tied 7-7, and there are as many mistakes as there are points.

Notre Dame has fumbled and thrown an interception inside the Michigan State 20. The Spartans returned the favor by tossing a pick in the end zone and bumbling a promising drive just before the half ended.

Dayne Crist looked sharp early and threw a touchdown pass to Michael Floyd, but the Irish offense had trouble late in the half. The running game ground to a halt, and it looked as if Armando Allen hurt his hand.

Michigan State was picking on the Notre Dame safeties and linebackers in the passing game, but not cleanly enough to take full advantage.

Games between these two are always close. They're usually a little prettier than this. Whoever makes fewer mistakes in the second half might take this one home.