[Live Blog] Penn State vs. Michigan State

Good afternoon, Penn State fans! The Nittany Lions (6-5) will face Michigan State (9-2) in the battle for the Land Grant Trophy today in Beaver Stadium. Penn State is looking to finish above .500 for the 10th straight year after falling in Champaign last weened to Illinois. Michigan State is coming off a 45-3 win over Rutgers.

We will have updates throughout the game on this page, including game analysis, photos, and more. Here’s the media information you’ll need, and here’s our staff predictions. 

End of game: Michigan State wins 34-10.

Q4 2:49 Touchdown Michigan State. 34-10 with time running out. That might do it.

Q4 6:07 Michigan State faces a fourth down, but time is not on Penn State’s side here, as only six minutes remain with the score still 27-10.

Q4 9:05 James Franklin opts to punt, and his decision pays off immensely, as the punt sails 63 yards, downed on the three yard line. 27-10 Michigan State.

Q4 10:27 Michigan State’s 44-yard field goal attempt goes wide left, and the Nittany Lions will take over at the 28 yard line. This is a big drive here, folks. Penn State needs seven. Still 27-10 Michigan State.

End of third quarter: Michigan State leads 27-10.

Q3 1:37 Touchdown Akeel Lynch! His short scamper makes it 27-10, giving the team a glimmer of hope as time begins to wane.

Q3 2:29 Penn State knocking on the door, as two big grabs by Hamilton and Lewis respectively puts Penn State in a good position here!

Q3 4:29 Touchdown Tony Lippett. The Nittany Lions have not looked sharp in the second half, and the Spartans are taking full advantage. 27-3 Michigan State.

Q3 6:35 Hackenberg hit hard from his blindside, coughing up the ball deep in Nittany Lion territory. Michigan State in a great position to add to its lead.

Q3 7:24 Touchdown Michigan State, as Langford charges forward after initial contact, forcing his way into the end zone. 20-3 Michigan State.

Q3 9:16 After two big gains, Michigan State now looks at first and goal, with only three yards to go for the score. Second down now for Penn State. Langford is stuffed again, bringing up a big third down.

Q3 10:35 After a sack drove Penn State back seven yards, Hackenberg was faced with a third and long situation. His deep ball down the right sideline was deflected by Tony Lippet, forcing the Nittany Lions to punt.

Q3 15:00 The Nittany Lions have the ball at their own 20 to start the half after a touchback.

Halftime: The Penn State Blue Band had a nice tribute to Dr. O. Richard Bundy, the band’s director, during his last halftime show in Beaver Stadium.

Halftime: Michigan State 13, Penn State 3. Penn State will get the ball in the second half.

Q2 0:17 Hackenberg’s pass is picked off in the endzone after a promising drive. Michigan State will take over on their own 20.

Q2 0:28 Akeel Lynch converts a third and short, giving Penn State a first down on the Spartan 23. The Nittany Lions called a timeout to stop the clock.

Q2 0:45 Anthony Zettel intercepts Connor Cook’s pass on third and 20, giving the Nittany Lions the ball on the Michigan State 37, still down 13-3.

Q2 4:34  The Nittany Lions are finally on the board after a 41 yard field goal by Sam Ficken. The Nittany Lions trail 13-3, as the sun begins to set on Beaver Stadium. Ficken’s field goal also gives him sole possession of first place for most field goals made in a single season with 23. Congratulations, Sam!

Q2 6:50  Michigan State’s drive nets them negative four yards, and after punting, Penn State will start again with great field position, at the Michigan State 40.

Q2 8:36  Aaaaand Penn State squanders the field position, going three-and-out and then punting. After a fair catch, the Spartans take over at their own 12, still up 13-0.

Q2 10:17  After a three-and-out, the Spartans punt from their own four yard line, giving the Nittany Lions great field position. They will start their next drive at the Michigan State 41.

Q2 11:52 A big sack for Michigan State on third down puts Penn State just out of field goal range and the Nittany Lions punt. The punt is downed by Penn State at the Michigan State two yard-line though, so the Spartans will have a long way to go.

Q1 0:13 Geiger’s 39 yard attempt sails through for Michigan State, capping a 58-yard drive for Michigan State, putting them up 13-0 with just a few plays left in the first quarter.

Q1 5:48  The Nittany Lions bring it out to their own 40, but can’t convert a third down, and punt. Michigan State will take over on their own 20.

Q1 8:41 Michigan State’s Michael Geiger hits a 36 yard field goal to end a dangerous Michigan State drive. The Spartans lead 10-0 early thanks to some shaky Penn State special teams.

Q1 11:44 For the first time this year, Ficken misses a field goal attempt that isn’t blocked. His 51 yard try never quite got up into the air and fell about 30 yards short. Michigan State will take over at their own 34, up 7-0.

Q1 12:59 A big 3rd down completion to Kyle Carter gives the Nittany Lions their third first down. Nittany Lions are driving into Spartan territory, currently on the 34.

Q1 14:46 And senior is off to a bad start, as Michigan State’s R.J. Shelton took a weak kick from Sam Ficken 90 yards for a toudchdown on the first play of the game. The extra point is good, and the Spartans take a quick 7-0 lead.


Penn State won the toss and deferred to the second half, Michigan State will receive to start the game. Here we go!

With 20 minutes to kickoff, Senior Day festivities are about to begin, and the stadium is about half-full, and that’s if we’re being generous.

Less than an hour to game time, and Penn State has already gotten a small victory. Jake Zembiec, a four-star quarterback recruit in the class of 2016 has committed to Penn State. He was deciding between the Nittany Lions and Spartans. Welcome to the family, Jake!

The offense has just taken the field for the first time today to begin warm-ups. Kickoff is just over an hour away.

Linebacker Jason Cabinda was wearing a sling on his arm while entering the stadium. He started last week over Brandon Bell, who was also hurt.


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Mike Reisman

is a senior Supply Chain Management major with an Economics minor (Read: Business Douche) from South Jersey. He has an intense fear of graduating so please don't bring it up. He writes about stupid things nobody cares about, and student life if the site is low on content that is clearly supposed be funny but is really very unfunny. He is lovingly (?) known around the staff as Baby Mike which may or may not be because he has a child (hint: it’s not). He’s also a second generation Penn Stater who has been wearing Penn State sweatshirts since before he was two, a habit he hasn’t grown out of. If you really hate yourself, you can follow him on twitter at @mike_reisman or email him at [email protected]

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