In what figured to be one of the better college football games on Saturday, Notre Dame held on to defeat the Michigan State Spartans in a tough defensive battle 17-13.
Neither team moved the ball particularly well, combining for under 500 yards between them, but the Fighting Irish pulled out the home victory, improving their record to 3-1 on the season and keeping their BCS Bowl hopes alive.
Quarterback Tommy Rees completed 14 of 34 passes for 142 yards and a touchdown, but more importantly, the senior quarterback had no turnovers and made smart decisions all afternoon with the football. Cam McDaniel lad the Notre Dame rushing attack with just 40 yards, but his seven yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter proved to be the difference maker.
The Spartans out gained the Irish 253-221 in total offense, but quarterback Conner Cook struggled to move the offense, especially late in the game. The junior quarterback went 16 of 32 for 135 yards and a score and running back Jeremy Langford added 67 yards on the ground, but it wasn't enough as the Spartans dropped their first game of the season.
Notre Dame will look to keep the momentum from their big win moving forward, but a tough home test against Oklahoma will be another tough ask from the Irish, but they must win if they want a shot at playing in another BCS Championship Game.