SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Sophomore flanker Tim Brown returned the second-half kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown and caught a pass for 49 yards to set up Allen Pinkett's two-yard touchdown Saturday night, leading Notre Dame to a 27-10 victory over Michigan State.
Pinkett rushed 25 times for 116 yards for the 16th 100-yard game of his career.
Lorenzo White had a game-high 123 yards in 31 carries to pace the Spartans.
The Fighting Irish (1-1) were coming off a season-opening loss to Michigan that knocked them from the national rankings. The Spartans, playing without starting quarterback Dave Yarema, fell to 1-1.
Brown's kickoff return broke a 7-7 tie and, after Chris Caudell had kicked a 21-yard field goal for Michigan State, Steve Beuerlein hit Brown on the 49-yard play to set up the clinching touchdown early in the fourth quarter.
Michigan State Coach George Perles called Brown's kickoff return "a great run. We missed a tackle, and when you miss a tackle with all that speed, that's what happens. A kickoff return is something that hasn't happened to us.