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Spartans upend the Irish

NCAA DIVISION I-A Michigan State joins conference partner Purdue (1954-1962) as the only opponent to win five straight at Notre Dame Stadium and its 12 wins at Notre Dame are the most by an Irish opponent


Tight end Anthony Fasano, right, of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish is tackled by cornerback Jaren Hays of the Michigan State Spartans at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana on Saturday. Michigan State defeated Notre Dame 44-41 in overtime.


Jason Teague took an option pitch 19 yards for a touchdown in overtime to give Michigan State a 44-41 victory over No. 10 Notre Dame on Saturday, the Spartans' fifth straight win at Notre Dame Stadium.

The Fighting Irish (2-1) rallied from 21 points down in the third quarter to tie the score, but had to settle for a 44-yard field goal by D.J. Fitzpatrick on their OT possession and couldn't make it stand up.

The Spartans (3-0) spoiled the home debut of coach Charlie Weis, who became just the third Notre Dame coach to lose his home opener since 1913, joining Elmer Layden in 1934 and Lou Holtz in 1986.

Brady Quinn passed for a school-record five touchdowns and a career-high 487 yards, the second highest total in Notre Dame history.

Drew Stanton threw for three touchdowns and ran for another as the Spartans amassed 488 yards total offense against the Irish. Stanton was 16-of-27 for 327 yards.

No. 13 Miami 36,

No. 20 Clemson 30, 3OT

In Clemson, South Carolina, Tyrone Moss' 25-yard touchdown run in the third overtime lifted Miami to a victory over Clemson and helped the Hurricanes avoid their first 0-2 start in 27 years.

Moss bounced out to the right side for his scoring run and safety Kenny Phillips intercepted Charlie Whitehurst when the Tigers (2-1, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) got their chance in the third extra period.

Moss finished 139 yards rushing and three touchdowns, two in overtime. His 1-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter put Miami up 20-10, while his 3-yard scoring run gave the Hurricanes (1-1, 1-1) a brief 27-20 lead in the first overtime.

It was Clemson's first OT defeat after coming in 5-0, including a 24-17 victory at the Orange Bowl over Miami a year ago.

No. 6 Florida 16, No. 5 Tennessee 7

In Gainesville, Florida, Florida held Tennessee scoreless in the second half, took advantage of three special teams errors and gave coach Urban Meyer a victory in his Southeastern Conference debut.

The Gators had lost three of the last four against the Volunteers, including two in a row at Florida Field. They ended that streak and got an early edge in the Eastern Division race.

Since the SEC adopted its 12-team, two-division format in 1992, the winner of the Tennessee-Florida game has won the East nine times and advanced to the championship game.

Erik Ainge was 14-of-29 passing for 147 yards with a touchdown for Tennessee after replacing starter Rick Clausen.

Chirs was 17-of-26 for 179 yards. He also ran eight times for 33 yards and was sacked five times.

UCLA 41, No. 21 Oklahoma 24

In Pasadena, California, Drew Olson threw for 314 yards and three touchdowns, UCLA held Adrian Peterson to 58 yards rushing, and the Bruins beat the struggling Sooner.

After playing in the last two BCS national championship games, Oklahoma is 1-2 for the first time since 1997 and its offense continued to look lost, fumbling six times.

UCLA recovered three of the fumbles and turned them into 17 points.

The Bruins (3-0) pulled away from a 20-17 lead with two Olson touchdown passes and Maurice Drew's scoring run in the fourth quarter and beat the Sooners for the first time.

Redshirt freshman Rhett Bomar completed 20 of 29 passes for 241 yards and ran for a 16-yard score for Oklahoma, but fumbled four times.

Peterson, who began the game on the sidelines after being disciplined during the week for missing classes, carried 23 times and scored on an 11-yard run.

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