Mike Carter-US PRESSWIRE
Before the day started, we all said that Michigan State was carrying the Big Ten’s tattered banner. The Spartans appeared to be the best team in the Big Ten and they also appeared to be the league’s best hope to be a national title contender.
Mike Carter-US PRESSWIRE
Everett Golson threw a touchdown pass and ran for a score to help No. 20 Notre Dame beat No. 10 Michigan State 20-3 Saturday night. The Fighting Irish (3-0) snapped a six-game losing streak against ranked teams and beat a top-10 opponent for the first time in seven years to give Brian Kelly a signature win in his third season.
There were more punts than points in the third quarter and the margin is still 11, as Notre Dame leads 14-3. The teams combined for a total of five punts in the quarter.
Notre Dame sniffed out Michigan State’s rushing attack in the second quarter, holding the Spartans to 11 rush yards and the Fighting Irish now lead 14-3.
John Goodman caught a 36-yard touchdown pass, and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish lead 7-0 at the end of the first quarter. Notre Dame struck first when Everett Golson threw a 36-yard touchdown pass to Goodman, the final play of a four-play, 51-yard drive.
Every week, I rank the Big Ten’s slate of games. Where does your team’s Week 3 game fall on my list? Find out in this post. Remember, on gameday, BTN.com editors provide Rapid Recaps with quarterly updates from every game. And at the end of each game, I post my Saturday Snap Reactions.
Wow. Last week didn’t go so well. It was a not a pretty scene, as we sat, mouths agape, in the BTN green room and watched the Big Ten Conference suffer through a difficult Saturday. And that wasn’t just because Gerry DiNardo was drooling. Sorry, too easy. Not true. Though he did pull out his ubiquitous hankie a few times.
Another Saturday looms. And, I still have questions. For example, can the Iowa offense finally get started? Here are my most pressing queries for each Big Ten team entering Week 3. Read all of my Big Ten coverage here and don’t forget to send any of your questions my way for my weekly Big Ten Mailbag.
Every week, BTN.com’s Brent Yarina (@BTNBrentYarina) and Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) offer their predictions for each Big Ten football game. We also provide a poll for all of the games so fans can vote for their winners. After two weeks, it’s Tom and BTN.com fans on top, at 19-5, while Brent is in the cellar, at 17-7. See our Week 3 predictions and choose your winners in this post.
Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE
Love him or hate him, Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio is a favorite among fans who enjoy trick plays. That’s everyone, right? Dantonio was up to his bold ways in Michigan State’s season opener against Boise State, and while the trick play didn’t work, we all appreciated the effort. If history is any indication, Dantonio may call another Saturday against Notre Dame.
While the Big Ten took its lumps last week in going 6-6, it has a great chance to get healthy this Saturday with a collection of games against largely inferior foes that all will take place in Big Ten venues. Without a doubt, the marquee matchup is Notre Dame at Michigan State. And Cal at Ohio State could be decent. After that, it’s a mixed lot.