Boxscore
Michigan State 34, Notre Dame 31
Saturday, September 18, 2010 8:00 PM
Location - Spartan Stadium
Attendance - 78411

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 OT T
Notre Dame 7 0 14 7 3 31
Michigan State 0 7 14 7 6 34

Recap

Aaron Bates hit Charlie Gantt with a 29-yard touchdown pass on a fake field goal attempt in overtime as Michigan State stunned Notre Dame 34-31 on Saturday.

After regulation ended 28-28, Notre Dame went ahead on a 33-yard field goal by David Ruffer.

Dayne Crist was 32-of-55 for 367 yards and four touchdowns for the Irish (1-2).
 
Michael Floyd opened the scoring for the Irish, catching a 7-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter. Spartans quarterback Kirk Cousins then found Keshawn Martin in the end zone late in the second quarter with a 9-yard pass to make it 7-7 at halftime.

Edwin Baker exploded early in the third quarter for the Spartans (3-0), running 56 yards for a touchdown to give Michigan State a 14-7 lead. Crist then hit tight end Kyle Rudolph on a 10-yard scoring strike. Bell gave the Spartans a brief 21-14 lead with a 16-yard run, but Crist countered with another scoring pass, this time to Theo Riddick, to make it 21-21.
 
Crist threw his second scoring strike to Floyd, a 24-yarder, early in the fourth quarter as the Irish took a 28-21 lead. Cousins countered with a 24-yard TD pass to BJ Cunningham to make it 28-28.
SCORING
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter - 5:28
Notre Dame   TD  Michigan State 0 - Notre Dame 7
2nd Quarter - 2:22
Michigan State   TD  Michigan State 7 - Notre Dame 7
3rd Quarter - 14:20
Michigan State   TD  Michigan State 14 - Notre Dame 7
3rd Quarter - 12:25
Notre Dame   TD  Michigan State 14 - Notre Dame 14
3rd Quarter - 5:51
Michigan State   TD  Michigan State 21 - Notre Dame 14
3rd Quarter - 1:29
Notre Dame   TD  Michigan State 21 - Notre Dame 21
4th Quarter - 13:20
Notre Dame   TD  Michigan State 21 - Notre Dame 28
4th Quarter - 7:43
Michigan State   TD  Michigan State 28 - Notre Dame 28
OT - 15:00
Notre Dame   FG  Michigan State 28 - Notre Dame 31
OT - 15:00
Michigan State   TD  Michigan State 34 - Notre Dame 31
TEAMS

Team Records

  Notre Dame Michigan State
W/L 1 - 2 - 0 3 - 0 - 0
Conference 0 - 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 0

Team Stats

  Notre Dame Michigan State
Score 31 34
First Downs 28 26
3rd Down Efficiency 5-for-12
42%
6-for-17
35%
4th Down Efficiency 0-for-1
0%
2-for-2
100%
Total Yards 463 477
Rushing
Rushes-Net Yards 25-94 43-203
Average/Rush 3.8 4.7
Passing
Comp-Att 32-55 24-34
Passing Yards 369 274
Average/Pass Play 6.6 7.2
Penalties-Yards 7-70 11-79
Fumbles-Lost 3-2 0-0
Interceptions Thrown 1 1
Time of Possession 25:36 34:24

PLAYER STATS

Notre Dame (1 - 2)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
D. Crist 32/55 369 4 1
Michigan State (3 - 0)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
K. Cousins 23/33 245 2 1
A. Bates 1/1 29 1 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
A. Allen 13 71 5.5 0
J. Gray 3 12 4.0 0
D. Crist 6 8 1.3 0
C. Wood 3 3 1.0 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
L. Bell 17 114 6.7 1
E. Baker 14 90 6.4 1
K. Martin 1 4 4.0 0
L. Caper 3 0 0.0 0
K. Cousins 8 -5 -0.6 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
T. Riddick 10 128 12.8 1
M. Floyd 6 81 13.5 2
K. Rudolph 8 80 10.0 1
A. Allen 6 70 11.7 0
T. Jones 2 10 5.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
B. Cunningham 7 101 14.4 1
K. Martin 8 96 12.0 1
C. Gantt 2 41 20.5 1
L. Bell 2 18 9.0 0
M. Dell 1 7 7.0 0
B. Linthicum 1 5 5.0 0
K. Nichol 1 2 2.0 0
F. Smith 1 2 2.0 0
E. Baker 1 2 2.0 0
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