The Washington Post Sunday - - SPORTS - — Matt Bonesteel

No. 2 Michigan State was up 21-0 on Pur­due at half­time and all seemed well. But here’s what the Spar­tans did on their sec­ond-half drives: three and out, fum­ble, missed field goal, field goal, punt.

Pur­due, mean­while, cut the lead to 24-21 be­fore tak­ing pos­ses­sion late with a chance to tie. But Michigan State broke up Pur­due’s last-ditch pass on fourth down, and Sparty fans were able to breathe a sign of re­lief.

Still, it’s another sign that maybe Michigan State is slightly un­de­serv­ing of its rank­ing, which it at­tained with a 31-28 win over Ore­gon on Sept. 12. Since then, the Ducks were ex­posed by Utah in a 62-20 loss last week­end while the Spar­tans have la­bored to wins over Air Force, Cen­tral Michigan and now Pur­due (com­bined record of 4-8, and the Chippe­was and Boil­er­mak­ers have not beaten an FBS team).

So don’t be sur­prised if No. 4 TCU, which routed Texas, 50-7, on Satur­day, leapfrogs (heh) the Spar­tans when the next poll comes out.

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