Michigan State–Notre Dame football rivalry

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Michigan State–Notre Dame football rivalry
First meeting

November 25, 1897

Notre Dame 34, Michigan State 6
Latest meeting

September 23, 2017

Notre Dame 38, Michigan State 18
Next meeting 2026
Trophy Megaphone Trophy (from 1949)
Statistics
Meetings total 79
All-time series Notre Dame leads, 49–29–1
Trophy series Notre Dame leads, 35–27–1
Largest victory Notre Dame, 53–0 (1898)
Longest win streak Notre Dame, 8 (1897–1909, 1987–94), Michigan State, 8 (1955–63)
Current win streak Notre Dame, 1 (2017)

The Michigan State–Notre Dame football rivalry is an American college football rivalry between the Michigan State Spartans and Notre Dame Fighting Irish. The first game between the teams took place in 1897. Notre Dame leads the all-time series 49–29–1.

Beginning in 1949, the teams competed for the Megaphone Trophy, a trophy introduced by the Alumni Clubs of Notre Dame and Michigan State to be presented to the winner of the game.[1] Notre Dame leads the Megaphone Trophy series 35–27–1.[2]

The Notre Dame side of the trophy is blue, while the Michigan State side is green, and the year of the game and teams' respective scores running down the middle. The current trophy is the third trophy as the prior two trophies no longer have space for the respective games to be included.[1]

The rivalry includes several notable games, such as the 1966 game, arguably one of the greatest college football games ever played. Notre Dame currently leads the series. Games played prior to 1949 also appear on the trophy to commemorate the entire series.[3] Notre Dame is the current holder of the trophy, with a 38–18 victory on September 23, 2017. They will hold the Megaphone Trophy until 2026 when the two teams are scheduled to play again.[4]

Recent games[edit]

After an 8–0 series run by Notre Dame from 1987 to 1994, tying the series win streak set by Michigan State from 1955 to 1963 (they didn't meet in 1958), Michigan State won five games in a row. Michigan State won 44–41 in double overtime at Notre Dame in 2005. Notre Dame pulled out a thrilling come from behind 40–37 victory in East Lansing in 2006. The trend continued in 2007 for Michigan State under new head coach Mark Dantonio who defeated the Fighting Irish 31–14, recording MSU's sixth straight victory at Notre Dame. On September 20, 2008, MSU defeated Notre Dame 23–7 in East Lansing, ending the series "jinx" of home teams always losing since 2001. Notre Dame returned the favor the following year by defeating MSU at Notre Dame. The 2010 meeting had one of the most exciting finishes to the start of the college football season. A back and forth battle the entire game, Notre Dame took the lead in overtime off of a field goal. After Spartans quarterback Kirk Cousins was sacked on third down, Michigan State lined up for a field goal to tie the game at 31. They faked it, and the holder Aaron Bates tossed a game-winning touchdown pass to Charlie Gantt to win it 34–31 for the Spartans. In 2011, the Irish reclaimed the trophy with a 31–13 victory in which they led all the way.[5] Notre Dame's 17–13 victory in South Bend in 2013 made it three wins in a row for the Irish and was perhaps the most controversial game in memory.[6] The teams renewed the rivalry in 2016, as No. 12 Michigan State reclaimed the trophy by defeating No. 18 Notre Dame in South Bend 36–28.[7]

In 2017, Notre Dame traveled to East Lansing to take on the Spartans once again. Notre Dame quarterback Brandon Wimbush threw for a touchdown and ran for another as Notre Dame routed Michigan State 38–18.[8][9] Notre Dame's defense forced three turnovers in the game, including an interception thrown by MSU QB Brian Lewerke. The interception was returned for a touchdown by Irish defensive back Julian Love on MSU's first possession, giving the Irish an early 14–0 lead. Both teams then swapped touchdown drives. Down 21-7, Michigan State drove deep into Notre Dame territory, and appeared to score to make it a one touchdown game as running back LJ Scott rumbled into the endzone late in the first half. However, Scott had the ball jarred free at the half yard line by Notre Dame defensive back Shawn Crawford. Crawford also recovered the forced fumble in the end zone, resulting in a touch back. The play resulted in a 14 point swing, as Notre Dame drove the length of the field in just four plays, taking a commanding 28-7 lead into halftime off of the three devastating Michigan State turnovers.

Game results[edit]

Michigan State victoriesNotre Dame victoriesTie games
No.DateLocationWinnerScore
1 1897 South Bend, IN Notre Dame 34–6
2 1898 South Bend, IN Notre Dame 53–0
3 1899 South Bend, IN Notre Dame 40–0
4 1902 South Bend, IN Notre Dame 33–0
5 1903 South Bend, IN Notre Dame 12–0
6 1905 South Bend, IN Notre Dame 28–0
7 1906 South Bend, IN Notre Dame 5–0
8 1909 South Bend, IN Notre Dame 17–0
9 1910 East Lansing, MI Michigan Agricultural 17–0
10 1916 East Lansing, MI Notre Dame 14–0
11 1917 South Bend, IN Notre Dame 23–0
12 1918 East Lansing, MI Michigan Agricultural 13–7
13 1919 South Bend, IN Notre Dame 13–0
14 1920 East Lansing, MI Notre Dame 25–0
15 1921 South Bend, IN Notre Dame 48–0
16 1948 South Bend, IN #1 Notre Dame 26–7
17 1949 East Lansing, MI #1 Notre Dame 34–21
18 1950 South Bend, IN #15 Michigan State 36–33
19 1951 East Lansing, MI #5 Michigan State 35–0
20 1952 East Lansing, MI #1 Michigan State 21–3
21 1954 South Bend, IN #8 Notre Dame 20–19
22 1955 East Lansing, MI #13 Michigan State 21–7
23 1956 South Bend, IN #2 Michigan State 47–14
24 1957 East Lansing, MI #4 Michigan State 34–6
25 1959 East Lansing, MI Michigan State 19–0
26 1960 South Bend, IN #14 Michigan State 21–0
27 1961 East Lansing, MI #1 Michigan State 17–7
28 1962 South Bend, IN Michigan State 31–7
29 1963 East Lansing, MI #4 Michigan State 12–7
30 1964 South Bend, IN #1 Notre Dame 34–7
31 1965 South Bend, IN #1 Michigan State 12–3
32 1966 East Lansing, MI Tie10–10
33 1967 South Bend, IN Notre Dame 24–12
34 1968 East Lansing, MI Michigan State 21–17
35 1969 South Bend, IN Notre Dame 42–28
36 1970 East Lansing, MI #4 Notre Dame 29–0
37 1971 South Bend, IN #4 Notre Dame 14–2
38 1972 East Lansing, MI #7 Notre Dame 16–0
39 1973 South Bend, IN #8 Notre Dame 14–10
40 1974 East Lansing, MI #7 Notre Dame 19–14
No.DateLocationWinnerScore
41 1975 South Bend, IN Michigan State 10–3
42 1976 East Lansing, MI #18 Notre Dame 24–6
43 1977 South Bend, IN #14 Notre Dame 16–6
44 1978 East Lansing, MI Notre Dame 29–25
45 1979 South Bend, IN #15 Notre Dame 27–3
46 1980 East Lansing, MI #7 Notre Dame 26–21
47 1981 South Bend, IN Notre Dame 20–7
48 1982 East Lansing, MI #11 Notre Dame 11–3
49 1983 South Bend, IN Michigan State 28–23
50 1984 East Lansing, MI Notre Dame 24–20
51 1985 South Bend, IN Notre Dame 27–10
52 1986 East Lansing, MI Michigan State 20–15
53 1987 South Bend, IN #9 Notre Dame 31–8
54 1988 East Lansing, MI #8 Notre Dame 20–3
55 1989 South Bend, IN #1 Notre Dame 21–13
56 1990 East Lansing, MI #1 Notre Dame 20–19
57 1991 South Bend, IN #11 Notre Dame 49–10
58 1992 East Lansing, MI #7 Notre Dame 52–31
59 1993 South Bend, IN #4 Notre Dame 36–14
60 1994 East Lansing, MI #8 Notre Dame 21–20
61 1997 South Bend, IN #17 Michigan State 23–7
62 1998 East Lansing, MI Michigan State 45–23
63 1999 South Bend, IN Michigan State 23–13
64 2000 East Lansing, MI #23 Michigan State 27–21
65 2001 South Bend, IN Michigan State 17–10
66 2002 East Lansing, MI #12 Notre Dame 21–17
67 2003 South Bend, IN Michigan State 22–16
68 2004 East Lansing, MI Notre Dame 31–24
69 2005 South Bend, IN Michigan State 44–412OT
70 2006 East Lansing, MI Notre Dame 40–37
71 2007 South Bend, IN Michigan State 31–14
72 2008 East Lansing, MI Michigan State 23–7
73 2009 South Bend, IN Notre Dame 33–30
74 2010 East Lansing, MI Michigan State 34–31OT
75 2011 South Bend, IN Notre Dame 31–13
76 2012 East Lansing, MI #20 Notre Dame 20–3
77 2013 South Bend, IN #22 Notre Dame 17–13
78 2016 South Bend, IN #12 Michigan State 36–28
79 2017 East Lansing, MI Notre Dame38–18
Series: Notre Dame leads 49–29–1

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Vowles, Joshua (2016-09-14). "Notre Dame vs Michigan State: The Battle For The Megaphone". One Foot Down. Retrieved 2016-09-20. 
  2. ^ "Michigan State vs. Notre Dame series history". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved 2007-10-27. 
  3. ^ College Football's Unusual Trophies Sports Illustrated
  4. ^ "Michigan State-Notre Dame rivalry hits longest break in about 70 years". freep.com. Retrieved 11 April 2018. 
  5. ^ Gano, Rick (September 17, 2011). "Irish get first win, beat No. 15 Spartans 31–13". Associated Press. 
  6. ^ "Notre Dame edges Michigan State on controversial call". Retrieved 2016-09-20. 
  7. ^ "Michigan State vs. Notre Dame: RECAP, score, stats (9/17/16), College Football Week 3". Retrieved 2016-09-20. 
  8. ^ Trister, Noah. "Opportunistic Notre Dame handles Michigan State 38-18". chicagotribune.com. Retrieved 2017-09-24. 
  9. ^ "Notre Dame vs. Michigan State - Game Summary - September 23, 2017 - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2017-09-24.