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Atkinson makes it look easy

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It doesn't happen often, but sometimes a play works just the way it was drawn up. That was the case when George Atkinson III returned a second-quarter kickoff 89 yards four a touchdown in Notre Dame's 31-13 win over Michigan State on Saturday at Notre Dame Stadium.

"There were schematics we thought we would employ this week that were different from what we've done in the past," Kelly said. "We felt like we had an opportunity to create a small, very small seam. We talked about it during the week. It was going to open and close. We were going to have one shot at it and you've got to beat it with speed."

Kelly used the freshman Atkinson because he thought he had the requisite speed. That walk-on safety Chris Savi from Lake Forest took out two Michigan State defenders with a block didn't hurt, either. 

"When they knocked down the two guys with one guy they were sort of off and running," Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio said.

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