Mich. St. halts Purdue’s run
Rocky Lombardi threw for 318 yards and two touchdowns in his first start for Michigan State, and the Spartans halted Purdue’s four-game win streak, beating the Boilermakers 23-13 on Saturday.
With Brian Lewerke out with a shoulder injury, Lombardi guided the offense, and Michigan State (5-3, 3-2 Big Ten) didn’t hold back. The redshirt freshman attempted 46 passes and avoided any big mistakes. Matt Coghlin kicked three field goals, and the Spartans held on defensively toward the end.
“Forty-six attempts is a lot,” Lombardi said. “I’m happy that I got that many attempts and got to show what I did.”
Michigan State’s Mike Panasiuk blocked a field goal with 3:42 left and Jalen Nailor broke free for a 48yard touchdown reception to put the Spartans up 23-13 with 1:58 to play.
David Blough threw for 277 yards for Purdue, but he was intercepted three times, including once while the Boilermakers (4-4, 3-2) were in field goal range in the fourth quarter.
Michigan State has won eight straight games in this series.
“They executed better than us. I thought they played harder than us and I thought they made fewer mistakes,” Purdue coach Jeff Brohm said. “It’s a good learning experience for our team. That’s why we say it’s a one-game season. We did not get ready to play this game, come out and do the things necessary in order to win.”
Purdue was coming off a 49-20 win over Ohio State, but the Boilermakers missed too many opportunities against the Spartans. On fourth-and-3 from the Michigan State 44 in the final quarter, Blough completed a pass to Rondale Moore, who was tackled short of the line to gain.
Later, Blough threw to Brycen Hopkins near the Michigan State 20, but Hopkins took a hard hit from Tyriq Thompson of the Spartans and lost the ball. Thompson grabbed it before it hit the ground for an interception with 10:02 to play.
Maryland 63, Illinois 33: Kasim Hill threw for three touchdowns passes and Javon Leake ran for three as Maryland (5-3, 3-2) routed Illinois. Leake finished with 140 yards rushing.
Illinois’ Reggie Corbin led all rushers with 155 yards. He scored one touchdown.
AJ Bush Jr. threw for a pair of touchdowns for Illinois (3-5, 1-4). Nebraska 45, Bethune-Cookman 9: Adrian Martinez passed for 213 yards and two touchdowns and Devine Ozigbo ran for 110 and another score – all in the first half – and Nebraska prepped for next week’s trip to Ohio State with a home win over Bethune-Cookman on Saturday.
Minnesota 38, Indiana 31: Tanner Morgan passed for 302 yards and three touchdowns in his first career start, including the tiebreaking 67-yard scoring toss to Rashod Bateman with 1:34 remaining that gave the host Gophers (4-4, 1-4) a victory on a rainy night after Indiana rallied with 22 straight points.
Peyton Ramsey went 29 for 44 for 232 yards, two scores and two interceptions for the Hoosiers (4-5, 1-5).