Michigan State Beats Notre Dame In Overtime, 34-31

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Michigan State Beats Notre Dame In Overtime On Fake Field Goal

East Lansing, MI (Sports Network) - Aaron Bates completed a 29-yard touchdown pass to Charlie Gantt on a fake field goal play to give the Michigan State Spartans a thrilling 34-31 overtime victory versus the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Spartan Stadium.

Kirk Cousins completed 23-of-33 passes for 245 yards and two touchdowns to pace Michigan State (3-0) in the victory, while Le'Veon Bell ran for 114 yards and a score as well. Edwin Baker registered 90 yards and a touchdown on the ground, while B.J. Cunningham grabbed seven passes for 101 yards and a score. Keshawn Martin added eight receptions for 96 yards and a touchdown for the Spartans who continue to trail in the all-time series by a count of 45-28-1 despite the victory.

Dayne Crist threw for 369 yards, with four touchdowns and one interception, to lead the way for Notre Dame (1-2). Crist completed 32-of-55 passes under center in the losing effort, with his biggest target being Theo Riddick who had 10 catches for 128 yards and a touchdown, while Michael Floyd grabbed six passes for 81 yards and a pair of scores himself. Kyle Rudolph rounded out the Irish receiving corps with eight receptions for 80 yards and one touchdown.

A seven-yard toss from Crist to Floyd late in the opening period of play gave the Irish a 7-0 lead.

After a quiet second period, the Spartans found the end zone with a six-yard toss from Cousins to Martin to tie the contest at 7-7 heading into the break.

The Spartans gained a 14-7 lead early in the third quarter following a 56-yard Baker run just 40 seconds into the period.

The Irish responded just minutes later however, tying the contest at 14-14 with a 10-yard strike from Crist to Rudolph.

The Spartans reclaimed the lead late in the frame with a 16-yard scamper by Bell into the end zone, but the Irish came back minutes later with a 15-yard scoring strike from Crist to Riddick that tied the contest at 21-21.

The Irish earned a 28-21 lead early in the final period of play with a 24-yard scoring connection between Crist and Floyd, capping a drive that covered 52 yards in less than 90 seconds.

The lead was short-lived however, as Cousins found Cunningham midway through the stanza on a 24-yard TD pass to knot things up once again, sending the game into overtime with the score 28-28.

In the extra session the Irish took a 31-28 lead on a 33-yard David Ruffer kick before Michigan State found the end zone following its brazen fake field goal to earn the exciting three-point victory at home.

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Did Play Clock Run Out On Spartans In OT?

Did the Spartans get away with one in their overtime victory over Notre Dame on Saturday night? 

Jason McIntyre of The Big Lead posted a screen shot on Twitter that showed the play clock ran out before Michigan State snapped the ball on their game-winning fake field goal. 

Take a look for yourself:

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Video: Michigan State's Fake Field Goal In Overtime Beats Notre Dame

Michigan State's Mark Dantonio made the call of the season tonight, deciding to fake a field goal in overtime to beat Notre Dame, 34-31. The play, apparently called "Little Giants," caught everyone, including Notre Dame, off guard, allowing a wide open Charlie Gantt to catch a pass from holder (and punter) Aaron Bates for the game-winning touchdown.


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Michigan State Defeats Notre Dame In Overtime, 34-31

A bold fake field goal gave the Spartans the game-winning touchdown in overtime, beating Notre Dame 34-31.

Michigan State looked to be in trouble when quarterback Kirk Cousins was sacked for an eight-yard loss on third down, pushing them back to the Irish 28-yard line. The Spartans lined up for what would’ve been a 45-yard field goal. Kicker Dan Conroy made three kicks over 40 yards last week versus Florida Atlantic, but that game was played indoors at Ford Field.

Instead, Aaron Bates hit Charlie Gantt down the right sideline for a 28-yard touchdown pass and a big Saturday night win.

We’ll have a full recap here later at SB Nation Detroit. You can also click over to The Only Colors for the MIchigan State afterglow, and Rakes of Mallow for the Notre Dame post-game thoughts.

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