No. 24 Michigan State upsets No. 7 Penn State

05 November, 2017, 02:43 | Author: Diane Mills
  • Michigan State-Penn State game delayed by lightning

Michigan State fans waited patiently all week for their ultra-important matchup on Saturday against the Penn State Nittany Lions.

At 1:15 p.m., with Penn State leading 14-7 and 7:58 showing on the clock in the first half, game officials pulled both teams off the field for a weather delay due to lightning nearby.

Redshirt freshman Matt Coghlin connected on a 34-yard field goal as time expired to give Michigan State the victory in a game that started at noon, featured a lightning delay of more than three hours and ended at 7:02 p.m.

Before last weekend, there were three teams still undefeated in Big Ten conference play in the East division alone: Michigan State, Ohio State, and Penn State.

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In between, Michigan State's Brian Lewerke answered with throwing score of his own to Darrell Stewart. Saquon Barkley was held to 63 yards on 14 carries.

Penn State opened the scoring on its second possession by driving 92 yards - 90 of them through the air - in seven plays. The Spartans took over and then mounted the game-winning drive.

The delay officially lasted 3 hours and 22 minutes, during which administrators from both schools peered at radar screens showing a long string of thunderstorms rolling through central MI. They travel to Columbus next weekend for a game against Ohio State, the victor of which will slip into the driver's seat of the Big Ten East race as the championship game in Indianapolis grows larger on the horizon. The first-year starter threw for 400 yards and two touchdowns despite the unfriendly conditions. Franklin decided against a field-goal attempt on fourth-and-8 from the Michigan State 27.

The Lions lost a one-point heart breaker at Ohio State last week while the Spartans went three overtimes in their loss at Northwestern.

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