Michigan State–Notre Dame football rivalry

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Michigan State–Notre Dame football rivalry
MSUSpartans Logo.svg NotreDameFightingIrish.svg
Michigan State Spartans Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Series record Notre Dame leads, 48–28–1
Trophy series record Notre Dame leads, 34–26–1
First meeting 1897
First trophy meeting 1949
Next meeting 2016
Trophy Megaphone Trophy

The Michigan State–Notre Dame football rivalry is an American college football rivalry between the Michigan State Spartans football team of Michigan State University and Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team of the University of Notre Dame. The Megaphone Trophy is awarded to the winner of the game.[1] Michigan State and Notre Dame started competing against each other in football in 1897. The overall win-loss record between the two teams is 48–28–1, while the Megaphone Trophy series record is 34–26–1, both favoring the Fighting Irish.[2]

The Notre Dame side of the trophy is blue, while the Michigan State side is green. 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.[1] Notre Dame is the current holder of the trophy, with a 17–13 victory on September 21, 2013.

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.[3]

Game results[edit]

Michigan State victories Notre Dame victories Tie games
# Date Location Michigan State Notre Dame
1 1897 South Bend, IN Michigan State 6 Notre Dame 34
2 1898 South Bend, IN Michigan State 0 Notre Dame 53
3 1899 South Bend, IN Michigan State 0 Notre Dame 40
4 1902 South Bend, IN Michigan State 0 Notre Dame 33
5 1903 South Bend, IN Michigan State 0 Notre Dame 12
6 1905 South Bend, IN Michigan State 0 Notre Dame 28
7 1906 South Bend, IN Michigan State 0 Notre Dame 5
8 1909 South Bend, IN Michigan State 0 Notre Dame 17
9 1910 East Lansing, MI Michigan State 17 Notre Dame 0
10 1916 East Lansing, MI Michigan State 0 Notre Dame 14
11 1917 South Bend, IN Michigan State 0 Notre Dame 23
12 1918 East Lansing, MI Michigan State 13 Notre Dame 7
13 1919 South Bend, IN Michigan State 0 Notre Dame 13
14 1920 East Lansing, MI Michigan State 0 Notre Dame 25
15 1921 South Bend, IN Michigan State 0 Notre Dame 48
16 1948 South Bend, IN Michigan State 7 Notre Dame 26
17 1949 East Lansing, MI Michigan State 21 Notre Dame 34
18 1950 South Bend, IN Michigan State 36 Notre Dame 33
19 1951 East Lansing, MI Michigan State 35 Notre Dame 0
20 1952 East Lansing, MI Michigan State 21 Notre Dame 3
21 1954 South Bend, IN Michigan State 19 Notre Dame 20
22 1955 East Lansing, MI Michigan State 21 Notre Dame 7
23 1956 South Bend, IN Michigan State 47 Notre Dame 14
24 1957 East Lansing, MI Michigan State 34 Notre Dame 6
25 1959 East Lansing, MI Michigan State 19 Notre Dame 0
26 1960 South Bend, IN Michigan State 21 Notre Dame 0
27 1961 East Lansing, MI Michigan State 17 Notre Dame 7
28 1962 South Bend, IN Michigan State 31 Notre Dame 7
29 1963 East Lansing, MI Michigan State 12 Notre Dame 7
30 1964 South Bend, IN Michigan State 7 Notre Dame 34
31 1965 South Bend, IN Michigan State 12 Notre Dame 3
32 1966 East Lansing, MI Michigan State 10 Notre Dame 10
33 1967 South Bend, IN Michigan State 12 Notre Dame 24
34 1968 East Lansing, MI Michigan State 21 Notre Dame 17
35 1969 South Bend, IN Michigan State 28 Notre Dame 42
36 1970 East Lansing, MI Michigan State 0 Notre Dame 29
37 1971 South Bend, IN Michigan State 2 Notre Dame 14
38 1972 East Lansing, MI Michigan State 0 Notre Dame 16
39 1973 South Bend, IN Michigan State 10 Notre Dame 14
# Date Location Michigan State Notre Dame
40 1974 East Lansing, MI Michigan State 14 Notre Dame 19
41 1975 South Bend, IN Michigan State 10 Notre Dame 3
42 1976 East Lansing, MI Michigan State 6 Notre Dame 24
43 1977 South Bend, IN Michigan State 6 Notre Dame 16
44 1978 East Lansing, MI Michigan State 25 Notre Dame 29
45 1979 South Bend, IN Michigan State 3 Notre Dame 27
46 1980 East Lansing, MI Michigan State 21 Notre Dame 26
47 1981 South Bend, IN Michigan State 7 Notre Dame 20
48 1982 East Lansing, MI Michigan State 3 Notre Dame 11
49 1983 South Bend, IN Michigan State 28 Notre Dame 23
50 1984 East Lansing, MI Michigan State 20 Notre Dame 24
51 1985 South Bend, IN Michigan State 10 Notre Dame 27
52 1986 East Lansing, MI Michigan State 20 Notre Dame 15
53 1987 South Bend, IN Michigan State 8 Notre Dame 31
54 1988 East Lansing, MI Michigan State 3 Notre Dame 20
55 1989 South Bend, IN Michigan State 13 Notre Dame 21
56 1990 East Lansing, MI Michigan State 19 Notre Dame 20
57 1991 South Bend, IN Michigan State 10 Notre Dame 49
58 1992 East Lansing, MI Michigan State 31 Notre Dame 52
59 1993 South Bend, IN Michigan State 14 Notre Dame 36
60 1994 East Lansing, MI Michigan State 20 Notre Dame 21
61 1997 South Bend, IN Michigan State 23 Notre Dame 7
62 1998 East Lansing, MI Michigan State 45 Notre Dame 23
63 1999 South Bend, IN Michigan State 23 Notre Dame 13
64 2000 East Lansing, MI Michigan State 27 Notre Dame 21
65 2001 South Bend, IN Michigan State 17 Notre Dame 10
66 2002 East Lansing, MI Michigan State 17 Notre Dame 21
67 2003 South Bend, IN Michigan State 22 Notre Dame 16
68 2004 East Lansing, MI Michigan State 24 Notre Dame 31
69 2005 South Bend, IN Michigan State 44 Notre Dame 41
70 2006 East Lansing, MI Michigan State 37 Notre Dame 40
71 2007 South Bend, IN Michigan State 31 Notre Dame 14
72 2008 East Lansing, MI Michigan State 23 Notre Dame 7
73 2009 South Bend, IN Michigan State 30 Notre Dame 33
74 2010 East Lansing, MI Michigan State 34 Notre Dame 31
75 2011 South Bend, IN Michigan State 13 Notre Dame 31
76 2012 East Lansing, MI Michigan State 3 Notre Dame 20
77 2013 South Bend, IN Michigan State 13 Notre Dame 17
Series: Notre Dame leads 48–28–1


See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b College Football's Unusual Trophies Sports Illustrated
  2. ^ "Michigan State vs. Notre Dame series history". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved 2007-10-27. 
  3. ^ Gano, Rick (September 17, 2011). "Irish get first win, beat No. 15 Spartans 31-13". Associated Press.