Michigan State came into its game with Notre Dame on Saturday night looking like the team to beat in the Big Ten.
The 10th-ranked Spartans (2-10 could still prove to be, but against the Fighting Irish, they were a team that could do nothing offensively and failed to come up with big plays time and time again in a 20-3 loss in front of 79,219 at Spartan Stadium.
No. 20 Notre Dame (3-0) was just good enough, getting a touchdown pass from first-year starter Everett Golson in the first quarter and a touchdown run from Golson in the second. Kyle Brindza added a 29-yard field goal with 6:21 to play for the Fighting Irish and then booted a 47-yarder with 3:18 to play.
Michigan State’s only points came on a 50-yard field goal by Dan Conroy in the second quarter.