3 reasons Michigan State will win Big Ten

Sunday, 05 Nov, 2017

No one expected Ohio State to lose twice to give the Nittany Lions a chance to play for the Big Ten title.

About 60 miles away, No. 24 Michigan State beat No. 7 Penn State 27-24 in a game that was interrupted during the second quarter for almost 3 + hours.

Penn State coach James Franklin has a 0-10 road record against ranked opponents, including five losses with the Nittany Lions. The sophomore finished with 400 passing yards in the Spartans' biggest win of the season so far. If the Spartans can win the rest of their games this season, they will be the Big Ten East Champions.

Michigan State quarterback Brian Lewerke had no problems navigating the weather. McSorley completed 26 of 47 passes for 381 yards and three touchdowns, but also threw three interceptions.

Junior Felton Davis remained Lewerke's top target Saturday, raking in his own career-high 12 catches for 181 yards and a score. Both sides have stuck to the pass with the teams combining for just 11 rushing yards thus far.

Penn State pulled back in front 14-7 before the end of the quarter. But at around 1:15 p.m., the officials chose to call for a weather delay due to lightning in the area.

Instead, MSU got the ball back leading to the game-winning field goal, and besides the 33-yard boot, the turning point was Marcus Allen's third down roughing the passer foul that extended Michigan State's drive. And when the teams finally returned to the field, Michigan State seemed to take control.