SOUTH BEND, Ind. – For the first time this season, Notre Dame actually led at the half and that helped result in their third win of the season as the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame handed the Spartans of Michigan State their first loss of the season, before a less than thrilled crowd at Notre Dame Stadium Saturday afternoon/evening.
WR Cam McDaniel scored on a 7-yard run following a questionable pass interference call as Notre Dame beat Michigan State 17-13, recording their 10th home win in a row.
Michigan State took all kinds of painful penalties in this one.
The 3-1 Irish had taken advantage of a questionable call against MSU in the first half that set up a 2-yard TD pass from Tommy Rees, who was aiming for airplanes for most of the first half, but found TJ Jones late in the half. Kyle Brindza also scored on a field goal attempt. The MSU team were charged with 10 penalties in the first half that led to 115 yards by Big Ten officials.
MSU also made some costly mistakes on their own, including a trick play when they appeared to be gaining momentum. After opening the second half with a field goal, MSU WR RJ Shelton threw a pass that was intercepted by ND saftety Matthias Farley and that led to ND’s go-ahead TD.