Spartans Hold Off Pesky Boilermakers, 45-31
For the second game in a row, the Michigan State Spartans had a double digit lead going into the fourth quarter and then watched it almost disappear before holding on as the Spartans defeated the Purdue Boilermakers 45-31 Saturday afternoon at Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette, IN. MSU (5-1, 2-0) jumped out to a 21-3 lead as they scored on their first three possessions thanks to two touchdown passes from Connor Cook, one to Tony Lippett covering 39 yards and a two yard strike to Josiah Price, and a two yard run by Nick Hill. Purdue (3-4, 1-2) then closed the gap to 24-17 at the half on second quarter scores from Akeem Hunt and B.J. Knauf. The Spartans built their second 14 poiunt lead in the third quarter thanks to Hill's second touchdown run and a 13 yard pass from Cook to Aaron Burbridge. The Boilermakers would answer with two more scoring runs from Hunt to close the gap to seven with 6:19 left in the game. Purdue was driving when Darien Harris stepped in front of an Austin Appleby pass and returned it 15 yards for a touchdown with just over a minute left to seal the Spartan win. Michigan State returns to the state of Indiana next week as they will travel to Bloomington to take on the Indiana Hoosiers. Pregame coverage begins at 2:00pm on Lansing's Big Talker 1240 WJIM and Classic Rock 94.9 WMMQ.