Notre Dame got the win it desperately needed Saturday.
The Irish defeated No. 15 Michigan State 31-13 in Notre Dame Stadium.
Notre Dame (1-2) came into the game wounded after falling to South Florida and Michigan with two turnover-filled games to start this season.
It is the second time in as many years, the Irish ended a two-game slide by defeating the No. 15 team in the nation.
Last season, Notre Dame beat then-No. 15 Utah after losses to Navy and Tulsa appeared to sink the season. The Irish went on to win all three of its games after that win.
Notre Dame made it interesting as it held a 28-13 lead with 4:25 to play but gave the ball to Michigan State on the Irish 21 when John Goodman mishandled a punt.
But Robert Blanton saved the day with an interception at the 6-yard line that he returned 82 yards to the Spartans' 12.
Notre Dame settled for a 33-yard field goal from David Ruffer to take a 31-13 led with 3:11 to play.
Be back with more after interviews.