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Irish 6-4 freshman WR Corey Robinson comes up big

Updated: October 23, 2013 6:49AM



SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Notre Dame wide receiver Corey Robinson had three catches Saturday. All three came on third-down plays that extended drives.

Robinson finished with a career-high 54 yards in the 17-13 victory against Michigan State.

“It was great, it was great personally, but my focus is on the team,” Robinson said. “I’m just focused on how I can contribute, whether it’s in practice or on the field. I’m just trying to make sure that when the opportunity is given to me that I can help the team win.”

The 6-4 freshman is the son of NBA great David Robinson. He has four catches for 66 yards this season.

“He’s a big target,” coach Brian Kelly said. “He tracks the ball so very well.”

‘D’ improvements

Notre Dame limited Michigan State to 254 yards of total offense. Linebackers Carlo Calabrese and Jarrett Grace each had eight tackles. Cornerback Bennett Jackson made seven tackles.

“We think it’s starting to come together,” Kelly said. “It’s hard for it to all be there in the first four weeks when you’re playing three Big Ten teams in a row. You could sense it. The pass rush was better. We were on body a lot better. Assignment was much better.

“Definitely, you could sense that the defense is starting to come together.”

A rarity

Kyle Brindza had a punt blocked in the first quarter. It was the first time an opponent blocked a Notre Dame punt since Boston College did it Nov. 8, 2008. The Irish had gone 254 punts without one being blocked.

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