In his second straight road test, junior quarterback Brandon Wimbush played well and led Notre Dame to an impressive 38-18 victory against rival Michigan State on Saturday night.
Notre Dame's 38-18 victory tonight is its biggest true road win over a Power 5 opponent since the Irish beat Purdue 38-10 in 2011.
— Mike Vorel (@mikevorel) September 24, 2017
Wimbush drove the Fighting Irish to a touchdown on the first drive of the game, finishing the possession with a 16-yard run for the score under 2 minutes into the first quarter. Less than 3 minutes later, sophomore Julian Love returned an interception for a touchdown to put Notre Dame ahead by 14.
Notre Dame didn’t look back from there. Despite getting outgained offensively, the Fighting Irish used 3 turnovers to score 5 touchdowns in the first 38 minutes of the game.
Wimbush finished 14 of 20 with 173 passing yards while also rushing for 52 yards on 8 carries. He had a passing and a rushing touchdown.
Notre Dame scored 3 of its touchdowns on the ground and 182 team rushing yards. Michigan State’s defense tightened up in the fourth quarter to keep Notre Dame under 200 rushing yards, but the Fighting Irish still averaged 4.6 yards per carry. Notre Dame also averaged 8.6 yards per pass.
Junior running back Josh Adams led the team with 56 rushing yards on 9 carries. Junior wide receiver Equanimeous St. Brown posted 4 catches and 61 receiving yards.