Notre Dame, averting its first four-game losing streak in 21 years, spotted Louisiana State an early touchdown yesterday, then rallied on Steve Beuerlein's passing, Allen Pinkett's running and John Carney's three field goals to beat the No. 7-ranked Tigers in Baton Rouge, 30-22.
Coach Gerry Faust's Fighting Irish evened their record at 4-4. LSU (5-1-1) lost for the first time under Coach Bill Arnsparger.
Pinkett's one-yard run closed a nine-play, 79-yard drive as Notre Dame tied at 7 in the opening period. The junior tailback from Sterling, Va., on his way to a 162-yard rushing game as he tied the Irish record with 40 carries, leaped over the top from two yards out 28 seconds before halftime to give the Irish a 17-7 lead.
Aside from a 66-yard run by Dalton Hilliard that pulled LSU within 20-14 briefly in the third quarter, NDU was in control from there.
Faust, under fire for a 21-19-1 record, found more heat in Tiger Stadium -- 84 degrees, 61 percent humidity, 78,033 sellout crowd -- and exulted, "To come into this place, a real pit, and (win) is a real compliment to our kids. We've overcome the adversity and we're on our way back. We have strong kids.
"We'll last, and I'll last, too."