#NDInsider Twitter Chatter: Notre Dame-Michigan State


Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

Twitter can be a fun (or depressing) and brutally honest (or unreasonable) place during Notre Dame football games. That's why we open up this space for the #NDInsider Twitter Chatter after games.

During the game, readers are encouraged to send their thoughts and observations with the #NDInsider hashtag to be considered for our postgame fan recap. They joined us with their 140-character takes during the game.

Notre Dame didn't waste much time leaving a strong first impression against Michigan State. The Irish scored on the opening possession seven-play, 78-yard touchdown drive orchestrated by the throwing and running of quarterback Brandon Wimbush. Then on Michigan State's first drive, Irish cornerback Julian Love intercepted a pass and returned it for a touchdown.

Look at ND with the pass game and a TOUCHDOWN on the opening drive. YES YES YES!!!!!! #NDInsider

— Stephanie Winters (@stephie_winters) September 24, 2017

HUGE Opening drive not just for #NotreDame but for #Wimbush let’s go #Irish#NDInsider

— Nick Gonzalez (@nickg1421) September 24, 2017

#NDInsider best drive of the season so far

— Eric Ruethling (@ericruethling) September 24, 2017

I am in a hotel right now and I LITERALLY screamed so loud for that Julian Love interception...forgot where I was #ndinsider#NDvsMSU

— Cocosnapslife (@cdn515) September 24, 2017

Pick 6!!!! Touchdown Irish!!!! #ndinsider#GoIrish#BeatSpartans

— Andy Hentz (@MrZip77) September 24, 2017

A 14-0 Notre Dame lead in less than five minutes prompted a call for GIFs to illustrate the mood for Irish fans.

— Jude (@andrewwinn) September 24, 2017

— Steven Boyer (@stevenjboyer) September 24, 2017

— Ivan (@ivancanfield) September 24, 2017

— Jamie S (@StangelJamie) September 24, 2017

— Kevin Annis (@kevinannis) September 24, 2017

— Stephanie Winters (@stephie_winters) September 24, 2017

— Dave Hancock (@dhancock110) September 24, 2017

— Dan Cronin (@_dan_cronin) September 24, 2017

— David Elle (@delle44) September 24, 2017

— AJ (@Sah_Ma) September 24, 2017

Late in the first quarter, some Notre Dame fans were quick to point out a missed targeting call on Michigan State. It became a prominent topic in the days following the game with head coach Brian Kelly later saying ACC and Big Ten officials said the penalty was "clearly missed."

This was not called targeting or reviewed.

— Mike Vorel (@mikevorel) September 24, 2017


— Nick Gonzalez (@nickg1421) September 24, 2017

No targeting???? #NDinsider#NotreDame

— Kevin Hastings (@KevinIrishndhas) September 24, 2017

Notre Dame ended the first quarter with a 14-7 lead.

#NDInsider Wimbush hasn't looked bad especially in the passing game. Missed obvious targeting call

— Cecelia Metz (@missymetz) September 24, 2017

So far I am stunningly not mad at the progress of this game. #NDInsider#ndfb

— Danny Concannon (@Danny_Concannon) September 24, 2017

Josh Adams is good at football. #NDInsider

— David Scaggs (@dscaggs21) September 24, 2017

The impressive start continued into the second quarter. Running back Dexter Williams scored on an eight-yard touchdown reception and a 14-yard touchdown run to extend the Irish lead to 28-7. Notre Dame's defense ended Michigan State drives twice with fumbles including cornerback Shaun Crawford stripping LJ Scott at the goal line. There was plenty for Notre Dame fans to like.

#ndInsider : 3 TO for 21 pts

— Olivier Daoust (@OliDaoust) September 24, 2017

#NDInsider that first drive. If every game can begin that way

— Eric Ruethling (@ericruethling) September 24, 2017

Durham smythe's catch up the seam looking like @tylereifert when he rocked the 80 #ndinsider

— T Quinn (@quinning25) September 24, 2017

Winning the turnover battle. Winning the L.O.S. Time to come out focused & finish strong. Plenty left in this. Let’s go! #NDInsider

— Nick Gonzalez (@nickg1421) September 24, 2017

Pick 6 #NDInsider

— IrishCoke (@AdamCoquillard) September 24, 2017

Notre Dame kept control of the game in the second half and cruised to a 38-18 victory. The jury is still out on how good Michigan State will be this year, but the result likely counts as one of the most impressive road wins of Kelly's tenure at Notre Dame.

Since Oklahoma 2012. #NDInsider

— Jeremy Hiler (@jjhiler) September 24, 2017

Only one GIF explains my feeling of that GREAT TEAM WIN! #NDInsider#GoIrish☘️☘️☘️

— CR33 (@Craigr_33) September 24, 2017

Defensively (except garbage time) was stingy. Cashing in on T.O.s proved huge. Irish eyes are smiling tonight.

— Nick Gonzalez (@nickg1421) September 24, 2017

Hey, we have a defense! #NDInsider

— Devin. (@dvnmstrs) September 24, 2017

We're going to the playoffs! #NDInsider

— Nic Nation (@Mr_Grubie) September 24, 2017

MSU fans react during the Notre Dame at Michigan State NCAA football game Saturday, 23, 2017 at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, Michigan. Tribune Photo/MICHAEL CATERINA