Notre Dame 27, Michigan St. 10
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) _ Sophomore flanker Tim Brown returned the second half kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown and grabbed a 49-yard pass to set up Allen Pinkett’s 2-yard touchdown Saturday night, leading Notre Dame to a 27-10 victory over Michigan State.
Brown’s kickoff return broke a 7-7 tie and after Chris Caudell had booted a 21-yard field goal for Michigan State, Steve Beuerlein hit Brown with the 49- yard pass to set up the clinching touchdown early in the fourth quarter.
The result left both teams with 1-1 records.
Michigan State started quarterback Bobby McAllister in place of injured Dave Yarema and the freshman directed the Spartans to a 7-0 lead on the game’s opening drive.
McAllister completed his first three passes but failed to convert another until the closing minutes as the Notre Dame defense sacked him four times for losses totaling 24 yards.
Lorenzo White capped Michigan State’s opening drive with a 4-yard touchdown run but the Irish tied it in the first quarter on a 17-yard touchdown pass from Beuerlein to Tony Eason.
Brown broke the tie with his kickoff return and late in the third quarter Pinkett fumbled and Shane Bullough recovered on the Notre Dame 35-yard line. But the Spartans had to settle for a 21-yard field goal by Caudell.
The Irish made it 20-10 when Pinkett scored and John Carney missed the extra point attempt.
Pinkett rushed 25 times for 116 yards for the 16th 100-yard game of his career.
Late in the fourth quarter, the Irish blocked a Caudell 49-yard field goal attempt and then marched 45 yards for a touchdown with Frank Stams scoring from the 5-yard line.