Michigan State upsets Penn State after lengthy delay

Francis Osborne
November 5, 2017

Their Oct. 7 game at Purdue was delayed 88 minutes in the fourth quarter because of lightning, and their home game against Michigan State a week later was delayed 34 minutes because of lightning in the area.

Khari Willis led Michigan State with 11 tackles, David Dowell had two interceptions and Joe Bachie one.

Barkley rushed for zero yards on six attempts in the first half, and for maybe the first time all season was held at bay on kick returns and in the passing attack. When they came back at approximately 4:30 p.m. local time, the stands were mostly bare because fans departed during the delay. The Spartans turned the ball over on downs before knotting the score on their next drive.

The Spartans tied the game up at 14 before halftime and took a 17-14 lead midway through the third. Davis had an impressive run-after-the catch for a 36-yard gain, true freshman Hunter Rison had back-to-back first-down grabs and LJ Scott scored on a 3-yard run for a 21-14 advantage.

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Coach James Franklin, who has helped pull Penn State back into the national conversation during the last two seasons, has now had 10 opportunities to beat a ranked opponent on the road in his head-coaching career. After eight plays, the Nittany Lions were faced with a decision. The Spartans took over and then mounted the game-winning drive.

A Lansing State Journal reporter who was at the game said officials told fans to leave the stadium, but said there was no word on whether fans will be allowed to re-enter the football arena when the storm passes.

Penn State was missing a pair of starters in offensive tackle Ryan Bates and defensive end Ryan Buchholz.

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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