SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Cam McDaniel scored on a 7 - yard run following a questionable pass interference call, one of several penalties that hurt Michigan State, as Notre Dame beat the Spartans 17 - 13 Saturday for their 10 th straight home win. The Irish, 3 - 1, also took advantage of another questionable pass interference in the first half that set up a 2 - yard touchdown pass from Tommy Rees to TJ Jones and a holding penalty that kept alive a drive that led to a 41 - yard field goal by Kyle Brindza. The Spartans, 3 - 1, had 10 penalties for 115 yards by the Big Ten officials.
The Spartans entered the game with the nation's top defense, allowing 50 yards a game rushing, 127 yards a game passing and its defense had scored four touchdowns, which is also how many touchdowns it had allowed. They stopped the Irish on the ground, holding them to 82 yards, and holding Rees to a season - low 142 yards passing after he opened the season with three straight 300 - yard passing games. But, the defense couldn't do enough to win as the game was decided by a touchdown or less for the ninth time in the past 14 meetings.
Rees was 14 - of - 34 passing as the Irish matched the school's longest winning streak under Bob Davie from 1997 - '99. The Irish won 19 straight under Lou Holtz from 1987 - '90.
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