Boxscore
Notre Dame 20, Michigan State 3
Saturday, September 15, 2012 8:00 PM
Location - Spartan Stadium
Attendance - 79219

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Notre Dame 7 7 0 6 20
Michigan State 0 3 0 0 3

Recap


No. 19 Notre Dame 20, No. 10 Michigan State 3:
Everett Golson passed for one touchdown and rushed for another and No. 19 Notre Dame stuffed the offense of No. 10 Michigan State in a showdown at East Lansing, Mich.

John Goodman made a spectacular one-handed 36-yard touchdown pass to help the Fighting Irish to their first 3-0 start since 2002 and snap the Spartans’ 15-game home winning streak.

Notre Dame frustrated the offense of Michigan State (2-1) throughout the contest and limited Spartans’ star Le’Veon Bell to 77 yards on 19 carries.

The Fighting Irish added a 29-yard field goal by Kyle Brindza to cap a fourth-quarter drive and take a 14-point lead with 6:21 left. Notre Dame took possession on its own 4-yard line and traveled 84 yards over 6 1/2 minutes.

All-American linebacker Manti Te’o, who had 12 tackles for his 20th career double-digit tackle game, recovered Bell’s fumble on Michigan State’s ensuing drive with 4:19 remaining and Brindza added a 47-yard field goal 61 seconds later.

Golson and Goodman got Notre Dame on the board with 10:34 left in the first quarter. Golson scrambled toward the right sideline and threw deep to the left before Goodman made a superb left-handed grab of the ball while being interfered with in the end zone by Michigan State safety Isaiah Lewis.

The Fighting Irish tacked on another touchdown with 10:50 left in the first half when Golson scored from 6 yards out to cap a five-play, 51-yard drive.

Michigan State tallied with 3:43 left in the half when Dan Conroy boomed a 50-yard field goal.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Te’o played despite double tragedies during the week. His grandmother passed away Tuesday because of an illness and his girlfriend died the following day due to leukemia. … Michigan State offensive tackle Fou Fonoti missed the contest after injuring a foot in Wednesday’s practice. … Notre Dame is 3-11 on the road against Top 10 programs over the past 16 seasons.
SCORING
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter - 10:34
Notre Dame   TD  Michigan State 0 - Notre Dame 7
2nd Quarter - 10:50
Notre Dame   TD  Michigan State 0 - Notre Dame 14
2nd Quarter - 3:43
Michigan State   FG  Michigan State 3 - Notre Dame 14
4th Quarter - 6:21
Notre Dame   FG  Michigan State 3 - Notre Dame 17
4th Quarter - 3:18
Notre Dame   FG  Michigan State 3 - Notre Dame 20
TEAMS

Team Records

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

Team Stats

  Notre Dame Michigan State
Score 20 3
First Downs 16 15
3rd Down Efficiency 1-for-14
7%
5-for-17
29%
4th Down Efficiency 1-for-2
50%
0-for-2
0%
Total Yards 300 237
Rushing
Rushes-Net Yards 34-122 25-50
Average/Rush 3.6 2.0
Passing
Comp-Att 14-32 23-45
Passing Yards 178 187
Average/Pass Play 5.4 3.8
Penalties-Yards 6-41 5-56
Fumbles-Lost 1-0 2-1
Interceptions Thrown 0 0
Time of Possession 30:40 29:20

PLAYER STATS

Notre Dame (3 - 0)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
E. Golson 14/32 178 1 0
Michigan State (2 - 1)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
A. Maxwell 23/45 187 0 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
C. Wood 10 56 5.6 0
G. Atkinson III 5 43 8.6 0
T. Riddick 12 30 2.5 0
E. Golson 3 7 2.3 1
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
L. Bell 19 77 4.1 0
M. Kings Jr. 1 1 1.0 0
A. Maxwell 5 -28 -5.6 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
T. Jones 4 59 14.8 0
R. Toma 5 58 11.6 0
J. Goodman 1 36 36.0 1
T. Riddick 3 16 5.3 0
D. Smith 1 9 9.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
K. Mumhpery 6 71 11.8 0
D. Sims 6 52 8.7 0
T. Lippett 3 21 7.0 0
L. Bell 4 20 5.0 0
L. Thomas 1 10 10.0 0
L. Caper 1 8 8.0 0
A. Sims Jr. 1 3 3.0 0
M. Kings Jr. 1 2 2.0 0
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