Final: Notre Dame 31, Michigan State 13
Robert Blanton's goal-line interception and ensuing 82-yard return to the MSU 11 sealed the victory for the Fighting Irish, who had just turned it over on a John Goodman fumble on a punt return with less than five minutes to play.
Notre Dame turned the ball over three times Saturday but was able to overcome those mistakes thanks to a solid defensive performance. The unit turned the Spartans into a one-dimensional unit on offense, as Michigan State's ground game never got going.
Be sure to keep it here for more coverage after the game from the Irish's first victory of the season.
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