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Live blog: MSU crushed by Penn State in season finale

Geoff Robinson
The Detroit News
LJ Scott carries for Michigan State in the first quarter.

A season Mark Dantonio will look to turn the page on as quickly as possible has come to an end.

After settling for four field goals in the first half and taking a slim 12-10 lead into the break, the Spartans were blown out in the second half as Penn State won the Big Ten East with a convincing 45-12 triumph.

Damion Terry had the offense moving in the first half, but he suffered what appeared to be a head injury late in the second quarter and Tyler O'Connor just was never able to get in a groove. He finished 11-for-32 for 118 yards.

Trace McSorley went 17-for-23 for 376 yards and four touchdowns for the Nittany Lions.

Nittany Lions piling it on

Penn State decided it wanted to add to its resume and continue to pile on points against the Spartans, going deep for a big play to Juwan Johnson that put PSU into MSU territory. Three plays later, Andre Robinson took a screen pass 40 yards to the house to give the Nittany Lions a 45-12 lead with 3:40 remaining.

MSU now officially being blown out

Penn State put the icing on the cake with a 14-yard touchdown run from Andre Robinson that gives the Nittany Lions a commanding 38-12 lead with 6:33 left to play.

PSU went 42 yards on four plays and the Spartans appear to have mailed it in on the 2016 season.

Spartans can't pick up fourth down

Mark Dantonio decided to leave his offense on the field on 4th and 10 on its own 42 with just over eight minutes left to play in the game, but Tyler O'Connor's pass came up well short of its target and the Spartans turned the ball over on downs.

Spartans can't get offense going

As the clock ticks down on MSU's season, the Spartans look like they're on their way to another loss.

After the team's exchanged punts, MSU got the ball back and was able to pick up a first down thanks to a pass interference call on PSU. The Spartans got out to the 43, but they were forced to punt the ball back to the Nittany Lions, who lead 31-12 with 10:53 left to play.

Spartans fumble away chance to get back in the game

Tyler O'Connor got MSU down to the Penn State 34, but he fumbled the snap on third and short and the Nittany Lions recovered with 2:54 remaining in the third quarter. Two plays later, Trace McSorley his Chris Godwin for a 62-yard touchdown pass, the third big pass play for a score in as many drives for the Nittany Lions.

It's 31-12 with 2:05 remaining in the third quarter.

The Spartans have been able to move the ball today, but settling for field goals and turning the ball over are not a good formula for an upset.

PSU in control

Trace McSorley eluded the rush and threw an absolute dime to Mike Gesicki, who went over two defenders and came down in the end zone for a 45-yard touchdown that gives PSU a 24-12 lead with 7:03 to play in the third quarter.

The Spartans are not a team that's built to comeback, so this is going to be quite an uphill battle for Mark Dantonio's squad as the Nittany Lions are zeroed in on Big Ten East division crown.

Nittany Lions take the lead

Chris Godwin burned his defender down the field and Trace McSorley delivered a perfect pass for a 37-yard touchdown that gives PSU a 17-12 lead early in the second half.

Penn State has been known to get off to slow starts this season and turn it on in the second half. The Spartans, well, they usually do things the other way around.

Spartans off to slow start

MSU went three and out to start the second half with Tyler O'Connor taking a sack on third down that forced the Spartans to punt from their own end zone.

PSU gets the ball at its own 48 for its first drive of the second half.

MSU adds three more points before the half

Tyler O'Connor led an efficient drive to end the first half for the Spartans, but once again, they weren't able to punch the ball into the end zone, settling for a 21-yard Michael Geiger field goal that gives MSU a 12-10 lead heading into the half.

O'Connor hit R.J. Shelton for 17 yards to get the two-minute drill started for MSU before dinking and dunking his way deep into Nittany Lion territory. He overthrew Shelton in the end zone on third down, leading to the field goal attempt.

At the half, MSU is outgaining 256-127, but they've had to settle for four field goals.

O'Connor is 7-for-10 for 54 yards since coming in for Damion Terry, who appears to be out for the game with an apparent head injury.

Barkley TD puts Penn State on top

Saquon Barkley punctuated a 78-yard drive with a 1-yard rushing touchdown on third down that gives PSU a 10-9 lead with 2:14 remaining in the first half.

Trace McSorley continued to hit on big pass plays for PSU, hitting DeAndre Thompkins for 25 yards to get into Spartan territory and completing two more passes of 16 yards each to put the Nittany Lions in position to take the lead.

MSU adds field goal, Terry hurt

Damion Terry had the offense humming along, converting to big third downs, including an 11-yard pass to R.J. Shelton that set the Spartans up at the PSU 24. But after a 9-yard run on second down, Terry took a big blow to the head and has been taken out of the game.

Tyler O'Connor got the call off the bench and was able to get down to the 7, but he was sacked on third and goal and the Spartans had to settle for a third Michael Geiger field goal to stretch their lead to 9-3 with 7:17 to play in the first half.

PSU settles for field goal

Trace McSorley carved up the MSU defense with three throws that went for more than 10 yards and got PSU down to the Spartan 20. The defense was able to flex its muscles, however, keeping the Nittany Lion run game in check and holding PSU to a 35-yard Tyler Davis field goal that makes it 6-3 with 13:11 left to play in the first half.

Spartans add to lead

MSU used a little trickery to get into the red zone, but it ultimately had to settle for another Michael Geiger field goal, pushing its lead to 6-0 with 2:44 to play in the first quarter.

Damion Terry threw a lateral to R.J. Shelton before taking off and catching a pass from Shelton on the far side of the field for a 15-yard gain down to the PSU 13.

MSU takes early lead

The Spartans drove 76 yards on their opening drive and settled for a 28-yard Michael Geiger field goal.

With Michigan just falling to Ohio State, MSU will now try to play spoiler as Penn State tries to capture the Big Ten East division crown.


When: Saturday, 3:30 p.m.

Where: Beaver Stadium, University Park, Pa.

TV / radio: ESPN / WJR 760

Records: Michigan State 3-8 (1-7 Big Ten), Penn State 9-2 (7-1)

Line: Penn State by 11


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