Michigan State's last-second field goal sinks Penn State's playoff hopes

Tabitha Dunn
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.

One of the odd developments following Penn State's upset loss to Michigan State on Saturday was what happened just after the game ended. The first-year starter threw for 400 yards and two touchdowns despite the unfriendly conditions. Penn State's forecast remains gloomy. Running back and Heisman Trophy contender Saquon Barkley finished with 14 carries for 63 yards and three receptions for 33 yards.

Long-time Penn State radio voice Steve Jones said he couldn't ever recall a Lions game being delayed during play, although the 2000 game against Ohio State in Columbus was pushed back a half-hour due to weather.

The earliest the game will resume is now 5:30 p.m. EST after the matchup went into a weather delay just after 1 p.m. EST.

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Heavy rain and lightning in East Lansing forced the two teams into the locker room during the second quarter.

The Spartans tied the game up at 14 before halftime and took a 17-14 lead midway through the third. 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 Spartans took over and then mounted the game-winning drive.

Matt Coghlin kicked a 34-yard field goal as time expired, lifting No. 24 Michigan State to a 27-24 victory over No. 7 Penn State Saturday at Spartan Stadium.

The Lions lost a one-point heart breaker at Ohio State last week while the Spartans went three overtimes in their loss at Northwestern.

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