Originally written on Fox Sports Detroit  |  Last updated 9/16/12
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- How do you play with a heavy heart? If you're Notre Dame inside linebacker Manti Teo, you play the game of your life against Michigan State. Teo lost his girlfriend, Lennay Kekua, on Wednesday after her long battle with leukemia. Her death came less than 24 hours after his maternal grandmother passed away. But he decided to play Saturday night to honor them and to be there for his teammates. Teo responded by leading the No. 20 Fighting Irish to a 20-3 win over the No. 10 Spartans. He finished atop the Notre Dame tackle totals with 12, shared the lead with two pass break-ups and recovered the games lone fumble. It was hard, said Teo, a senior from Laie, Hawaii. I lost a woman who I truly love, but I have a family around me and my football family. At the end of the day, families are forever and I will see them again someday. This victory -- which sets up another big game for Notre Dame, against No. 17 Michigan in South Bend next Saturday -- was his way to...
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