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.