The Michigan State Spartans (3-2), led by quarterback Brian Lewerke, met the No. 8 ranked Penn State Nittany Lions (4-1), led by quarterback Trace McSorley in a Week 7 Big Ten NCAA football game on Saturday, October 13, 2018 (10/13/18) at Beaver Stadium in University Park, Pennsylvania.
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Here’s the AP recap:
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Brian Lewerke threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Felton Davis with 19 seconds left to lift Michigan State past No. 8 Penn State 21-17 on Saturday, making it two consecutive seasons that the Spartans used a late score to hand the Nittany Lions a second straight loss.
Lewerke completed 25 of 52 passes for 259 yards with an interception and two touchdowns for the Spartans (4-2, 2-1 Big Ten), who were coming off a loss at Northwestern but handed Penn State a devastating loss – just like last year.
Two weeks ago, Penn State let a fourth-quarter lead get away against Ohio State before getting a week off to prepare for Michigan State. Last year, in consecutive weeks, Penn State lost to Ohio State and Michigan State, with the Spartans kicking a last-second field goal.
Davis, who came back from an injury he sustained on the previous drive, finished with eight catches for 100 yards.
Miles Sanders ran for 162 yards and a touchdown for the Nittany Lions and Trace McSorley completed 19 of 32 passes for 192 yards with a touchdown to become the program’s all-time passing yardage leader.
It looked like the Spartans would regret an attempt at late trickery.
After a 10-play drive deep into Penn State territory, Michigan State lined up for what could’ve been a tying 40-yard field goal with 5:19 left, but faked the kick. The ploy failed when safety Garrett Taylor swatted Lewerke’s pass away from defensive tackle Raequan Williams.
But Penn State ran just seven plays on its next two possessions and gave Lewerke the ball back with 1:19 to play and he put together an eight-play, 76-yard game-winning drive .
Michigan State: The banged up Spartans, still without running back LJ Scott and wideout Cody White, were able to control time of possession and keep Penn State’s offense well below its scoring average. That possession time advantage paid off as Penn State’s defense looked gassed again in the fourth quarter.
Penn State: Coach James Franklin said his team needed to evolve from a great team to an elite one after its one-point loss to Ohio State. The Nittany Lions still have plenty of work to do to get there. They looked sluggish on offense late, committed six penalties for 41 yards, turned the ball over twice and had no answer for Lewerke’s arm in the fourth quarter.
Michigan State: The Spartans host No. 12 Michigan next week.
Penn State: The Nittany Lions go to Indiana next week.
Here’s what you need to know:
When: Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018
Where: Beaver Stadium
Time: 3:30 p.m. Eastern
Livestream: fuboTV, BTN2GO
Line: Penn State -13.5
Series record: Michigan State leads 16-15-1.
WHAT’S AT STAKE?
Last year Penn State followed up a loss to Ohio State with a last-second loss to Michigan State. The Nittany Lions look to avoid a repeat this year. It will help to be home this time. The Spartans can jump back into the Top 25 with a win after a road loss to Northwestern knocked them from the rankings.
Michigan State’s pass rush vs. Penn State’s offensive line. The Spartans boast the nation’s top rushing defense, but have struggled mightily against the pass, primarily because they’re not generating pressure. QB Trace McSorley is one of the more accurate passers they’ll face and the dual-threat QB excels at sensing and avoiding the rush.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Michigan State: DE Jacub Panasiuk is coming off his best game where he posted two tackles, two QB hurries and half a sack. He has the athleticism to play anywhere along the defensive front.
Penn State: RB Miles Sanders. There might not be many big holes to run through as the Spartans are allowing just 33.8 rushing yards per game. But Sanders is a patient runner who’ll need to find some daylight to keep his offense from becoming one dimensional.
FACTS & FIGURES
Penn State’s top WR KJ Hamler left the Ohio State game with an apparent head injury after taking a violent helmet-to-helmet hit but is expected to play. . Penn State DE Shane Simmons is expected to make his season debut after missing the first five games with an unspecified injury suffered in training camp. . McSorley has thrown a touchdown pass in 33-straight games, the longest active streak in FBS. . Michigan State is allowing 305 yards passing per game. . The Spartans have won four of the last five in the series. . Michigan State is 9-5 in its last 14 games against AP top-10 teams. . The Spartans haven’t allowed a 100-yard rusher in eight games.
(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)
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