Michigan State-Penn State game delayed by lightning

Bryan Strickland
November 5, 2017

That doesn't exactly lend to any sort of bragging rights among such a crowded - and high-ranked - conference, but with four games left (and Ohio State still having to face bitter rival MI at the end of November) the Nittany Lions could find themselves still in the title game discussion.

The Michigan State Spartans defeated the Penn State Nittany Lions, 27-24, on Saturday afternoon from East Lansing, giving them their second high-profile win of the season.

Earlier, Trace McSorley threw two touchdown passes, the second of which made him the program's all-time career touchdown passes leader with 39.

Odds: Penn State opened as 12-point favorites. Running back and Heisman Trophy contender Saquon Barkley finished with 14 carries for 63 yards and three receptions for 33 yards. Then, on offense, the Lions will need to figure out how to get its unit going, as it has 213 passing yards and just one rushing yard thus far. When they came back at approximately 4:30 p.m. local time, the stands were mostly bare because fans departed during the delay.

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For the third time this season, the Gophers have had a game delayed by lightning. When it restarted, Michigan State faced third-and-4 from Penn State 37-yard line with 7:58 to play in the first half.

It was raining hard again by the time the second quarter ended, but the game went on. The Spartans tied the score on a 32-yard field goal by Matt Coghlin with 10:56 left in the fourth quarter.

The Lions still rank second in the Big Ten in points allowed per game while the Spartans are first in the conference against the rush.

It was 1:15 p.m. when Penn State and Michigan State players were forced back into their locker rooms and fans were ordered to exit Spartan Stadium.

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