Notre Dame pulled off a fabulous comeback last night, scoring 19 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to beat Michigan State, 40-37, in East Lansing, MI. Notre Dame is now 3-1, and play Purdue at South Bend next Saturday.
I got home and it was 17-0 Michigan State after one period of play. ND really struggled on defense, and it looked like they were going to get torched like they did against Michigan last week. But they rebounded in the second half, as Brady Quinn threw five touchdowns, and Terrall Lambert returned an interception 19 yards for a TD with 2:53 left to play to win it.
Quinn went 20-for-36 for 319 yards and one interception. This gives the Irish a measure of revenge against Michigan State, who after upsetting the Irish 44-41 in overtime last year at South Bend (a game I was at, sitting in the stands at the far end zone near the MSU band) took their school flag and "planted" it at midfield, acting like they "conquered" Notre Dame. (I guess the term "act like you've been there before" applies here.)
Michigan State's 2005 season went downhill after that.
Payback's a bitch, Spartan fans.