7 Hours For Win 7: Michigan State Upset Forces B1G East De Facto Title Game Next Week
Matt Coghlin kicked off one of the biggest game in the Big Ten around 12:08pm. Nearly seven hours later, he ended it with a kick that puts Michigan State on the cusp of the Big Ten championship game.
Michigan State defeated Penn State 27-24 in a game that featured a near three and a half hour weather delay. Despite the long layoff the crowd that was remaining at Spartan Stadium was loud and gave Michigan State the boost it needed to pull off the huge upset.
Michigan State is now tied for first place with Ohio State in the Big Ten East Division, those two teams play in Columbus next week.
Brian Lewerke had his second consecutive game of 400+ passing yards. His line 33-56 for 400 yards, two touchdowns and one interception thrown. He also carried the ball seven times for 25 yards.
Felton Davis has another bid for Big Ten player of the week with a 12 catch day, racking up 181 yards and a touchdown grab.
The most impressive line of the day was the line Michigan State's defense held Saquon Barkley to. 1-1 for 20 yards passing, 14 carries for 63 yards, and three receptions for 33 yards. Add in two kick returns for 15 yards and Barkley's entire offensive production was under 150 yards total offense.
Michigan State is on the road in Columbus next week to play Ohio State. After the Buckeyes lost to Iowa 55-21, both teams are 5-1 atop the Big Ten East standings.