Mich. St. halts Pur­due’s run

Centre Daily Times (Sunday) - - College Football -

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.

NO­TABLE

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.

FRI­DAY

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).

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