In a packed Spartan Stadium, Notre Dame did something that had not done in years. They beat a Top 10 team. They won when the eyes were on them. And they started the season off 3-0.
Notre Dame won the first half of football 14-3. The Defense played bend but do not break football. They held strong two times in Notre Dame territory. Michigan State missed one of two Field Goal attempts.
Everett Golson was inconsistent but he made several big plays. The first big play was made when Golson scrambled right and threw deep to John Goodman who made an excellent one handed catch. Later, Golson scampered into the end zone for a 6-yard touchdown run.
But the night belonged to Manti Te’o who had suffered immense personal loss this week. He played with heart and was the spearhead for the Defense that held Le’Veon Bell to 77 yards on 19 attempts.
In his return to the lineup after suspension, Cierre Wood was a spark for the Irish Offense. He was the leading rusher for the team for the team with 56 yards on 10 carries.
Overall, Notre Dame had 300 yards of total, 178 yards in the air and 122 on the ground. The Irish Defense held Michigan State to 237 overall. The Spartans rushed for 50 yards on 25 carries. For the second year in a row, Notre Dame dominated the Spartans running game.