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             === Notre Dame trims Michigan State in South Bend ===
 
 South  Bend,  IN (Sports Network) -  Cam McDaniel's touchdown run early in the
 fourth  quarter proved  to be the difference, as 22nd-ranked Notre Dame bested
 rival Michigan State, 17-13, at Notre Dame Stadium.
 
 The key score offset a sub-par performance from Tommy Rees, who completed only
 14-of-34  passes for 142 yards and one touchdown for the Fighting Irish (3-1),
 who were coming off a narrow victory at Purdue.
 
 "Somebody was going to have to score a touchdown in the fourth quarter," Notre
 Dame  head coach Brian Kelly said. "We were able to get the touchdown and hold
 them from scoring one."
 
 Corey  Robinson totaled  54 yards on three  catches, and T.J. Jones added a 2-
 yard TD reception.
 
 Connor  Cook was 16-of-32 for 135 yards and one score for the Spartans  (3-1),
 who  had outscored their opponents by a 102-36 count to start the season.
 
 Jeremy  Langford  rushed for 68 yards  on 14 carries and Macgarrett Kings, Jr.
 hauled  in  a 12-yard  scoring  strike  as  part  of his  33-yard,  four-catch
 performance in defeat.
 
 "Very  proud  of our  football team in  how we came  out and played," Michigan
 State  head  coach Mark Dantonio  said. "Wish we had  some plays back and some
 situations back obviously. But proud of our football team."
 
 McDaniel's  7-yard  dash up the middle  provided a 17-10 edge for the Fighting
 Irish  on the  third play  of the  fourth quarter,  capping a  52-yard, 5-play
 series.  A questionable pass interference call on MSU's Bennie Fowler near the
 goal  line during a  3rd-and-10 set the hosts up with 1st-and-goal from the 7-
 yard line, and two plays later, the hosts moved ahead to stay.
 
 The  Spartans  responded with  a Michael  Geiger field goal  of 42 yards which
 pulled them within four, but came up empty on three successive possessions for
 the remainder of the contest.
 
 Andrew  Maxwell gained just eight yards on a 4th-and-20 from the Spartans' 23-
 yard  line,  and Notre Dame  took over  and worked off  the final 1:46 for the
 victory.
 
 The  Irish went  three-and-out on their first series, then a partially blocked
 punt by the MSU defense set the Spartans up on the ND 31-yard line. Kevin Muma
 then pulled a 30-yard try just wide of the left upright.
 
 On  the ensuing possession,  the Irish went for it on 4th-and-3 from MSU's 29-
 yard  line due  to  swirling winds,  but  Rees'  heave to  the  end zone  fell
 incomplete.
 
 Notre  Dame was successful on its next drive, as Kyle Brindza was good from 41
 yards away with 3:48 left in the opening quarter.
 
 Early in the second quarter, Brindza missed a 37-yarder wide left and Michigan
 State  took over  at its 21. The  Spartans then converted a 4th-and-1 from the
 hosts'  41, and a personal foul on the Irish gave the visitors new life at the
 25. Six plays later, Cook found Kings in the end zone for a 7-3 edge.
 
 It  was  10-7 for  Notre Dame  with 17  seconds to  play in  the half as Jones
 tiptoed  around the  back of the end  zone for a 2-yard score. That series was
 set  up by the  Irish defense pinning the Spartans deep in their own territory
 so that the ensuing punt landed at midfield.
 
 Geiger  connected from 25 yards away to cap MSU's 15-play opening drive of the
 second half and the game remained tied at 10-all heading to the final period.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Notre  Dame  has won 10 straight  home games ...  MSU hasn't won at South Bend
 since  a  31-14 result  on Sept.  22, 2007, having  dropped three  in a row in
 northern  Indiana ... Notre Dame improved to 20-12 vs. the Spartans since 1980
 ...  The Irish  saw their  first punt  blocked since  Nov. 8,  2008 at  Boston
 College ... Michigan State lost despite owning a 19-14 edge in first downs and
 254-224 edge in total offense.
 
 
 
 09/21 21:29:58 ET

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