Notre Dame holds off Michigan State
The Associated Press
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Cam McDaniel scored on a 7-yard run following a questionable pass-interference call, one of several penalties that hurt Michigan State, as Notre Dame beat the Spartans 17-13 Saturday for their 10th straight home win.
The Irish (3-1) also took advantage of another questionable pass interference in the first half that set up a 2-yard touchdown pass from Tommy Rees to TJ Jones and a holding penalty that kept alive a drive that led to a 41-yard field goal by Kyle Brindza. The Spartans (3-1) had 10 penalties for 115 yards by the Big Ten officials.
But Michigan State made some costly mistakes on its own, including a trick play after the Spartans appeared to be gaining momentum. After opening the second half with a field goal, receiver R.J. Shelton threw a pass that was intercepted by safety Matthias Farley and led to Notre Dame’s go-ahead touchdown.
Michigan State had a chance to tie the score in the fourth quarter when Connor Cook threw a 19-yard pass to Bennie Fowler to drive to the Notre Dame 14, but the drive stalled. Irish linebacker Dan Fox tackled Nick Hill for a 5-yard loss, receiver Aaron Burbridge was called for a false start and Nick Hill dropped a shovel pass, one of several drops by Michigan State receivers, and the Spartans had to settle for a 42-yard field goal by Michael Geiger.
Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio said he couldn’t ever recall so many defensive passinterference calls in one game.
“I’ve been coaching 30-plus years, no. Never,” he said. “I guess that’s where we should stop.”
Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said he wasn’t surprised by the calls because of the number of long passes attempted.
Dantonio said he called the trick play. “I felt like we needed a big play,” he said.