SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - Jimmy Clausen threw for 300 yards and two touchdowns, including a 33-yarder to Golden Tate with 5:18 left that led Notre Dame to a 33-30 victory over Michigan State on Saturday.
Kyle McCarthy intercepted a pass by Michigan State's Kirk Cousins at the 4 with 57 seconds left as the Irish held on to beat the Spartans in Notre Dame Stadium for the first time since 1993.
Armando Allen Jr. ran for 115 yards and a touchdown and threw for another, and Nick Tausch kicked field goals of 22 and 46 yards for the Irish (2-1).
Blair White caught a pair of touchdown passes and Larry Caper ran for two more as the Spartans (1-2) lost for the second straight week. It was the second time in the past nine meetings that the home team won.