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