Michigan State again proved to be the upset artists that they are and they ended the College Football Playoff chances for the Penn State Nittany Lions. The Nittany Lions outscored their opponents 104-3 in the first quarter through the first eight games of the season. The Spartans took over and then mounted the game-winning drive. Saquon Barkley was held to 63 yards on 14 carries. It's the second consecutive week with a loss for the Nittany Lions, who fell by just a single point to Ohio State, before losing by a field goal as the clock struck zeroes on Saturday. His teams have lost all 10 of them.
The Land Grant Trophy is at stake as both teams are looking to bounce back from their first conference losses of the season. 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.
It was the second straight week sophomore quarterback Brian Lewerke threw for 400 yards or more, finishing the day 33-for-56 as a passer and tossing a pair of touchdowns in the win. Wide receiver Felton Davis pulled down 12 receptions for 186 yards and a touchdown.
Lewerke faked two handoffs before setting his feet and firing to the front corner of the end zone at Spartan Stadium.More news: Trump Condemns Vehicle Attack in New York That Killed Eight
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The tie didn't last long as Penn State scored on the following possession and benefited from poor tackling by Michigan State.
Penn State was driving for the potential go-ahead score but went for it on fourth-and-3 from the Michigan State 31-yard line and McSorley's pass was incomplete.