Sep 21, 2013; South Bend, IN, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish wide receiver TJ Jones (7) catches a touchdown pass as Michigan State Spartans cornerback Darqueze Dennard (31) defends in the second quarter at Notre Dame Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

FINAL: Notre Dame defeats Michigan State, 17-13

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish won a slug fest with the Michigan State Spartans. The No. 22 ranked Irish narrowly avoided an upset at home, winning a tight game with the Spartans, 17-13.

Both teams struggled to find anything resembling offensive consistency.

Tommy Rees completed just 14 of his 34 passes for 142 yards and a touchdown. The Irish receivers struggled to get open and Rees was unable to throw a pass an NBA center could catch.

Running back Cam McDaniel was solid on the ground for the Irish with 40 yards and a touchdown.

The Notre Dame defense was solid all day long, holding the Spartans to 254 yards of offense.

MSU was taken down by penalties Saturday. The Spartans were flagged 10 times for 115 penalty yards. Many of the penalties were minor, but MSU was hit for five pass interference calls, two of which were legitimate and the other three questionable.

It was a tough win for the Irish (3-1) who will stay at home to welcome in No. 14 Oklahoma.

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