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Notre Dame defense in spring game with offense managing just 1 TD and a conversion by NG Nix

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    Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson throws a pass during the Blue-Gold spring NCAA college football game, Saturday, April 20, 2013, in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/Joe Raymond) (The Associated Press)

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    Notre Dame's Louis Nix scores on a two-point conversion during the Blue-Gold spring NCAA college football game, Saturday, April 20, 2013, in South Bend, Ind. At top is Kendall Moore. (AP Photo/Joe Raymond) (The Associated Press)

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    Notre Dame's CJ Prosise makes a catch for a touchdown during the Blue-Gold spring NCAA college football game, Saturday, April 20, 2013, in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/Joe Raymond) (The Associated Press)

Nose guard Louis Nix III having the highlight offensive play of Notre Dame's Blue-Gold spring game, rumbling in for a two-point conversion, tells a lot about how the Fighting Irish offense looked Saturday.

The defense beat the offense 54-43 under a modified scoring system, with linebacker Ben Councell tackling running back Cam McDaniel in the end zone for a safety and the defense had 10 sacks and two interceptions and kept the offense out of the end zone until the fourth quarter. That came when early enrollee Malik Zaire threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to C.J. Prosise.

Coach Brian Kelly said he wasn't too worried about the lack of offensive production, saying the offense had looked better most of the spring.

Everett Golson was 6-of-13 passing for 98 yards with one interceptions. He also was sacked three times. Golson said he could explain why the offense struggled.