Minnesota and Michigan State kick off on Saturday, Oct. 14, in a Big Ten game. The game is currently in a weather delay. Stay here for live updates, scores and analysis.
The Gophers are 3-2 and 0-2 in the Big Ten after losing to Purdue last week. Michigan State is 4-1 (2-0 Big Ten) with conference wins against Iowa and at Michigan. By beating rival Michigan, the Spartans moved into the national rankings, including No. 21 in the AP Poll.
If Michigan State wins, it would start 3-0 in the Big Ten for the fourth time in five years. Last season, the Spartans went only 1-8 in conference play. As for Minnesota, the Gophers are led by first-year coach P.J. Fleck.
Minnesota-Michigan State live updates, score
Final score: Michigan State 30, Minnesota 27.
Michigan State 30, Minnesota 27 (Q4, 1:06): A 9-yard pass from Demry Croft to Tyler Johnson cuts the lead to three, but Michigan State recovers the onside kick to end it.
Michigan State 30, Minnesota 20 (Q4, 5:20): Minnesota wouldn’t go away. The Gophers marched down the field for a touchdown, showing that this Michigan State defense isn’t in fact invincible.
Michigan State 30, Minnesota 13 (Q4, 10:15): What a response. Connor Heyward returned the kickoff into Minnesota territory and LJ Scott redeemed himself with a few tough runs and a touchdown. He finished the drive at 165 yards, his career high.
Michigan State 23, Minnesota 13 (Q4, 11:55): LJ Scott’s big day went south in a hurry when he had the ball punched out of his grasp. Minnesota took advantage of a short field and got on the board via a 28-yard touchdown grab from Tyler Johnson. Just what the doctor ordered for the home team.
Michigan State 23, Minnesota 6 (Q3, 0:15): Michigan State’s drive finished after 9:13 came off the clock, but the Spartans couldn’t get into the end zone. They had an opportunity when Minnesota forgot about Darrell Stewart out wide, but Cole Chewins jumped early. The Spartans had to settle for yet another field goal.
Michigan State 20, Minnesota 6 (Q3, 2:37): The Spartans did exactly what they needed to by salting away the clock with a long drive of primarily runs. They had struggled to find this kind of second-half success in their previous two games.
LJ Scott turns in a 24-yard touchdown run to extend Michigan State’s lead. It’s 17-6 now, and 14:10 left in the first half.
A Duke McGhee interception gives Minnesota great field position, and the Gophers convert that into a field goal. It’s 10-6 in favor of Michigan State.
Madre London runs in a score for Michigan State after a Minnesota fumble. Michigan State leads, 10-3, with 6:25 left in the first quarter.
The teams exchanged field goals in the first quarter. It’s 3-3 after one.
It’s about to kick off in Minneapolis. Here we go.
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Minnesota-Michigan State game time, information
Minnesota and Michigan State are playing at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, Oct. 14. The game is on the Big Ten Network.
Time: 8 p.m. ET
Date: Saturday, Oct. 14
Location: TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn.
TV channel: Big Ten Network
Minnesota-Michigan State preview
Minnesota is 3-2 (0-2 Big Ten) going into the Saturday game. The Gophers average 28 points per game and are giving up 17.2 points per game.
The Gophers pass for only 169.8 yards per game, with Conor Rhoda 54-for-97 passing for 786 yards, 5 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. Only one receiver has emerged so far as a favorite target: Tyler Johnson. He has 17 catches for 366 yards and 3 touchdowns. But Minnesota has been strong on the ground with 190 yards per game.
Minnesota relies on the running back tandem of Rodney Smith and Shannon Brooks to lead the offense. Smith has 108 carries for 398 yards and 2 touchdowns. Brooks has used his 65 attempts to pick up 315 rushing yards and 5 touchdowns.
The Spartans are averaging 22.4 points per game and surrendering 16.4 points per game in their 4-1 (2-0) start to the season.
QB Brian Lewerke has been Michigan State’s biggest star. Lewerke is 95-for-155 passing for 1,057 yards, 9 touchdowns and only 2 interceptions. He also leads the Spartans in rushing with 309 yards and 3 scores.
In the passing game, Felton Davis and Darrell Stewart are the key targets. The duo have combined for 42 receptions, 477 yards and 5 touchdowns.
Going into the game on Saturday, Michigan State leads the Gophers 29-17 all-time. The Spartans once beat the Gophers in 17 consecutive games. Michigan State has won the past four games in the series, though the two haven’t played since 2013.
Michigan State is ranked No. 21 in the AP Poll after beating rival Michigan, 14-10. The Spartans forced 5 turnovers, intercepting Wolverines QB John O’Korn three times.
After the game, Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio praised his team for fighting through past adversity.
“It’s up there,” Dantonio said about beating Michigan last week. “It’s way up there. We battled some adversity last year. We had some things going on. Obviously we needed to bounce back. We made a commitment to do that as a football team and as a program way back in the spring. You know, obviously we had some different things going on in the second semester as well, but I knew we would rally up. I knew that our football team and our program would basically come back up to the top. That’s what we’re trying to do. We’re just trying to do it step by step. I’m extremely proud of our guys with the way they kept playing. Really what we did was we just played one play at a time. We made some mistakes there that drives you crazy, but hey, we survived it.”
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