Michigan State’s Matt Coghlin missed a field goal in the third quarter, but a penalty for running into the kicker gave him another chance, and he converted from 27 yards. That became crucial when Maryland’s Lorenzo Harrison scored on a 4-yard run in the fourth and the Terps drove back into the red zone in the final minutes — but a missed field goal helped the Spartans close out the game.
Maryland: The Terps have gone through significant injury problems at quarterback. Bortenschlager, who missed last week’s loss to Michigan with an apparent head injury, was back, but the conditions made his job difficult. Maryland had a hard time stopping Michigan State’s running game early, and this was not a good night to be trying to mount a rally.
“We have to take advantage of opportunities when they are there. We didn’t,” coach DJ Durkin said. “Once again we started off slow, got ourselves behind and with the conditions they were, even harder to move the ball and score a lot of points.”
Michigan State: The Spartans rebounded nicely from a 48-3 loss at Ohio State last weekend, and the running game delivered on a day when it was sorely needed.
Maryland: The Terps can no longer reach .500, but they’ll try to finish on a positive note when they host Penn State next weekend.
Michigan State: The Spartans close the regular season at Rutgers.
Maryland’s D.J. Moore, right, is upended by Michigan State’s David Dowell (6) during the first half Saturday in East Lansing, Mich.