Penn State, Michigan State Are On Pace For A Seven-Hour Game

Kristen Gonzales
November 5, 2017

When the storm settled, No. 7 Penn State had given away a fourth-quarter lead in heartbreaking fashion for the second week in a row.

The No. 24 Spartans checked it off for the second time with a 27-24 upset win against No. 7 Penn State on Saturday night in East Lansing.

As a result, the Big Ten is in major trouble in the College Football Playoff picture. The weather caused a delay that spanned more than three hours.

Coming off a bad year in 2016, the Michigan State Spartans have had much to prove this college football season.

Michigan State took its first lead of the game midway through the third quarter after driving 91 yards in 10 plays. Both were injured in last week's 39-38 loss to Ohio State and didn't dress on Saturday.

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A couple of plays later, Coghlin split the uprights from 34 yards out as time expired to put the Nittany Lions' national title hopes to bed. After forcing an MSU punt, Trace McSorley found DeAndre Thompkins behind the defense for a 70-yard score, putting PSU back in front, 24-21.

Check back to timesleader.com for full updates from the game. Davis attempted to make a catch at the sideline but tipped the ball with one hand and intercepted by Amani Oruwariye at the Nittany Lions' 24-yard line.

The drop would prove to be costly, but probably not as costly as a penalty on Marcus Allen, PSU's star senior safety.

Michigan State sophomore quarterback Brian Lewerke established himself as a modern-day mailman during a career day.

From there, the Spartans took time off the clock and inched closer toward a comfortable spot for Coghlin. "It was a moment of redemption for the kicker, who hit the post on multiple kicks during the Spartans" triple-overtime loss to Northwestern last week.

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