Live updates: Cook, MSU run out of time, lose 39-38

Al Willman
The Detroit News
Macgarrett Kings Jr. scores on a 34-yard reception in the second quarter.

Final stats


Connor Cook (MSU): 23-of-37, 335 yards, 4 touchdowns

Damion Terry (MSU): 1-of-2, 13 yards

Tommy Armstrong (NEB): 19-of-33, 320 yards, 2 touchdowns


Gerald Holmes (MSU): 22 carries, 117 yards, 1 touchdown

Imani Cross (NEB): 18 carries, 98 yards, 1 touchdown

Armstrong (NEB): 7 carries, 19 yards, 2 touchdowns


Aaron Burbridge (MSU): 10 catches, 164 yards, 1 touchdown

Mcgarrett Kings, Jr. (MSU): 4 catches, 97 yards, 2 touchdowns

Jordan Westerkamp (NEB): 9 catches, 143 yards, 1 touchdown

Brandon Reilly (NEB): 3 catches, 87 yards, 1 touchdown

Special teams

Michael Geiger (MSU): 1 field goal (46), 5-of-5 extra points

Drew Brown (NEB): 2 field goals (44, 43), 3-of-3 extra points

Cook, Spartans run out of time

Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook, with 14 seconds on the clock, completed a 17-yard pass to Mcgarrett Kings, Jr. that took the Spartans to Nebraska's 41-yard line. On the very next play, Cook completed a pass out of bounds with no time remaining. Michigan State loses to Nebraska, 39-38. MSU is now 8-1, while Nebraska is 4-6.

Nebraska comes back, takes lead

With 17 seconds left in regulation, Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong connected with Brandon Reilly for a 30-yard touchdown pass. It appeared as though Reilly had gone out of bounds, and then returned to catch the pass. The play was reviewed, and it was determined that he was forced out, and legally caught the touchdown pass. Nebraska missed the two-point conversion attempt and leads 39-38.

Armstrong scores again

Late in the fourth quarter Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong scored his second touchdown of the quarter -- a 1-yard run to the left. The PAT was good. With 1:47 to go in regulation, Michigan State has a 38-33 lead.

Michigan State's goal line defense was both good and bad on the drive. First, it was flagged for an illegal substitution, causing 12 players to be on the field. However, the Spartans did hold Nebraska to a third-and-goal situation, before the touchdown.

Spartans add to lead

Michigan State responded to the Nebraska touchdown with a methodical scoring drive. The Spartans went 75 yards in 16 plays, and took 8 minutes, 50 seconds off the clock. Set up by a 23-yard pass from Connor Cook to R.J. Shelton, Gerald Holmes scored from a yard out. With 4:16 to go in the fourth quarter, MSU leads 38-26.

Shelton was responsible for two crucial first downs on the drive. Before the 23-yard catch, he brought down a 5-yard pass from Cook, giving the Spartans a first down near midfield -- continuing the drive.

Damion Terry also passed for a first down on the drive -- 13 yards to Aaron Burbridge. Terry has seen sporadic playing time, in what looks to be a change of pace for Michigan State.

Nebraska chips away at MSU lead

Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong, on third-and-goal, took the ball on a sweep to the right for a touchdown. The two point conversion attempt was no good. With 13:06 to go in the fourth quarter, Michigan State leads 31-26.

After interception, MSU marches to the end zone

After an interception in the end zone by linebacker Riley Bullough, whose younger sister Holly won the Division 3 cross country individual championship earlier this morning, the Michigan State offense went to work. It marched 89 yards in 10 plays, culminating in a 16-yard touchdown pass from Connor Cook to Jamal Lyles. With 2:14 to go in the third quarter, MSU has a 31-20 lead.

Cook answers Nebraska touchdown with a score of his own

Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook, who appeared to be starting uncharacteristically slowly in the first half, answered Nebraska's touchdown to start the third quarter with a touchdown pass of his own. He found Aaron Burbridge for a 33-yard touchdown, set up by 11- and 28-yard passes to Burbridge and Mcgarrett Kings, Jr., respectively. With 9:13 to go in the third quarter, MSU has a 24-20 lead.

With his 67th touchdown pass, Cook overtakes former Spartan and current Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins for the MSU all-time lead.

Two Spartan defensive linemen injured

Michigan State defensive linemen Joel Heath (right ankle) and Malik McDowell (unknown) were injured on the first drive of the second half. Their status to return is unknown.

For Nebraska, receiver Jordan Westerkamp (concussion protocol) returned to the game in the third quarter.

Nebraska opens second half with a touchdown

Five plays into the second half, Nebraska running back Imani Cross punched in the 1-yard touchdown run. It was set up by a 43-yard pass from Tommy Armstrong to Alonzo Moore. With 12:31 remaining in the third quarter, Nebraska is up 20-17.

Halftime stats


Connor Cook (MSU): 10-of-19, 138 yards, 2 touchdowns

Tommy Armstrong (NEB): 8-of-16, 192 yards, 1 touchdown


Gerald Holmes (MSU): 11 carries, 80 yards

Imani Cross (NEB): 8 carries, 36 yards

Armstrong (NEB): 4 carries, 14 yards


Aaron Burbridge (MSU): 5 catches, 67 yards

Mcgarrett Kings, Jr. (MSU): 2 catches, 52 yards, 2 touchdowns

Jordan Westerkamp (NEB): 4 catches, 50 yards, 1 touchdown

Alonzo Moore (NEB): 2 catches, 22 yards

Special teams

Michael Geiger (MSU): 1 field goal (46)

Drew Brown (NEB): 2 field goals (44, 43)

Spartans take lead

Michigan State took its first lead of the game, on a 18-yard pass from Connor Cook to Mcgarrett Kings, Jr. The Spartans marched 75 yards in 10 plays, taking 4:04 off the clock. With 17 seconds to go until halftime, the Spartans are ahead 17-13.

Brown gives Nebraska back the lead

Late in the second quarter, Nebraska retook the lead. Michigan State's defense, after allowing a pair of 17-yard gains, held the Cornhuskers to a field goal of 44 yards from Drew Brown. With 4:21 to go in the half, Nebraska has a 13-10 lead.

Westerkamp leaves for Nebraska

Late in the first quarter, Nebraska receiver Jordan Westerkamp left with a possible upper body injury, following a pair of big hits from Darien Harris on two completed passes. According to ESPN, Westerkamp is undergoing a concussion protocol and his status to return is unknown.

Michigan State ties it up

Three plays after a tipped pass from Michigan State quarterback to Aaron Burbridge (by way of McGarrett Kings, Jr.) gained 15 yards, Cook found Kings on a dump off that he took 34 yards for the touchdown. Michael Geiger made the PAT, and with 11:35 to go in the first half, the score is tied at 10.

Spartans get on the board

After a 25-yard run from Gerald Holmes and a defensive pass interference penalty against Nebraska, the Michigan State offense stalled again. Faced with a fourth-and-eight at the Nebraska 30-yard line, Michael Geiger made a 46-yard field goal. With 30 seconds left in the first quarter, MSU trails 10-3.

Cornhuskers add to lead

After converting on a fourth-and-one, Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong found Jordan Westerkamp for a 38-yard touchdown pass. After the PAT, the Cornhuskers are ahead 10-0 with 2:07 to go in the first quarter

Nebraska scores first, leads 3-0

After the offense stalled at the Michigan State 29-yard line, Drew Brown made a 44-yard field goal for Nebraska, putting it ahead 3-0 with 7:10 to go in the opening quarter.

Both defenses stout on opening drives

After allowing a 43-yard run from Gerald Holmes, Nebraska's defense clamped down -- forcing Michigan State into a fourth and short. L.J. Scott took the carry, but lost two yards and turned the ball over on downs. Michigan State's defense answered by forcing Nebraska to go three-and-out. With 11:34 to go in the first quarter, the game is scoreless.

Ex-Cornhusker dresses for MSU

According to Matt Charboneau of The News, Michigan State, which was announced Tuesday as the seventh-ranked team in the first CFP ranking of the season, will have in uniform a former Nebraska recruit. Drake Martinez, a sophomore linebacker, is dressing after missing the first eight games this season with a lower body injury. Martinez came to MSU after a year at Saddleback Community College in southern California. He redshirted in 2013 at Nebraska.