Michigan State vs. Notre Dame: Live Score, Highlights and Analysis

John GreelyB/R UK StaffSeptember 17, 2011

ANN ARBOR, MI - SEPTEMBER 10: Tommy Rees #11 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish celebrates a third quarter touchdown while playing the Michigan Wolverines at Michigan Stadium on September 10, 2010 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Michigan won the game 35-31. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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  7:00 P.M. Final Update: 31-13, Notre Dame


This isn't how Notre Dame's season was supposed to start. The Irish faithful were targeting a return to glory in 2011, but saw their hopes derailed in two consecutive heartbreaking losses. Now Michigan State is rolling into South Bend, and the Irish desperately need a win.

Michigan State, meanwhile, is trying to prove they belong among college football's elite. A fantastic last season and co-Big Ten championship lost some of its luster after being crushed by Alabama in the Capital One Bowl. Now the Spartans are 2-0, ranked no. 15 in the country, and trying to improve upon last season's success. Toppling the Irish in South Bend is absolutely vital to that cause. 

Lest we forget how this game ended last season, by the way. The 'Little Giants' game in East Lansing was one of the highlights last season, ending with an overtime fake field goal and a literal heart attack. Can the 2011 showdown possibly top 2010? It's time to find out!