Lightning at Spartan Stadium delays Michigan State-Penn State

Brandon Parsons
November 5, 2017

On fourth-and-8, McSorley hit Saeed Blacknall who took advantage of missed tackles by cornerbacks Josh Butler and Josiah Scott and safety David Dowell to scoot 27 yards down the sideline for a touchdown and 14-7 lead with 37 seconds left in the first quarter.

Lightning strikes have emptied Spartan Stadium and delayed the top 25 matchup between Michigan State and Penn State for at least an hour.

It was the second straight week sophomore quarterback Brian Lewerke threw for 400 yards or more, finishing the day 33-for-56 as a passer and tossing a pair of touchdowns in the win.

Odds: Penn State opened as 12-point favorites.

For the second week in a row, Penn State's defense needed one more stop in the game's dying moments.

Michigan State responded with a 7-yard touchdown pass from Lewerke to Darrell Stewart Jr. for the first first-quarter touchdown Penn State allowed all season. The Spartans turned the ball over on downs before knotting the score on their next drive.

It was raining hard again by the time the second quarter ended, but the game went on.

Coach James Franklin, who has helped pull Penn State back into the national conversation during the last two seasons, has now had 10 opportunities to beat a ranked opponent on the road in his head-coaching career. Three plays later, Matt Coghlin hit the game-winning 34-yard field goal as time expired. After eight plays, the Nittany Lions were faced with a decision.

It was 1:15 p.m. when Penn State and Michigan State players were forced back into their locker rooms and fans were ordered to exit Spartan Stadium. Penn State's College Football Playoff hopes likely went down with the loss, having lost their last two by a combined four points.

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