Irish try to put past behind them

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) -- Harrison Smith was involved in the final play of last year's loss at Michigan State and it's something the Notre Dame captain doesn't care to revisit.

The senior safety and linebacker Carlos Calabrese were knocked to the ground when the Spartans faked a field goal and holder Aaron Bates threw a game-winning touchdown pass to Charlie Gantt in overtime.

Smith wasn't reflecting on how crushing the loss was a year ago or how difficult times were in 2007 when the Irish lost their first five games. Lose against the Spartans on Saturday and Notre Dame will be 0-3 for the first time since that season four years ago.

Smith says the time has come to turn the season around with better play on the field.