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Recap: Michigan State Falls 39-38 vs. Nebraska

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Well, to say it was an upset is an understatement, as the Nebraska Cornhuskers defeat the Michigan State Spartans 39-38, and ruin MSU's undefeated streak.

1st Quarter:

Nebraska struck first with a 44 year field goal from Drew Brown, and then Tommy Armstrong with a pass completion to t Jordan Westerkamp for a 38 yard touchdown and then a successful PAT.

MSU regained some life with a 46 year field goal from Michael Geiger.

2nd Quarter:

Michigan State knew they had to pick it up and get some points on the board, and that's exactly what they did.

It started with an pass from Connor Cook to Macgarrett Kings Jr. for 34 yards and a touchdown with a successful PAT to tie it at ten apiece.

Nebraska took the lead back at the 4:26 mark with a 43 yard field goal from Drew Brown to make it 13-10 Huskers.

But it would be Connor Cook (again) with an 18 yard pass to Kings. The Spartans pushed forward 75 yards in 10 plays, taking 4:04 from the clock. With 17 second to go until halftime, MSU took the lead 17-13.

3rd Quarter:

Nebraska opened the second half with a TD five plays into the hall, when running back Imani Cross made a nice 1 yard touchdown run.

Connor Cook responded back with a touchdown pass of his own. He found Aaron Burnbridge for a 33 yard touchdown to give MSU a 24-20 lead.

And then after an interception in the end zone by linebacker Riley Bullough, the Michigan State offence performed its magic, marching 89 yards in 10 plays, culminating in a 16 yard touchdown pass from Cook to Jamal Lyles giving MSU a 31-20 lead.

4th Quarter:

Nebraska QB Tommy Armstrong began the charge against MSU in the 4th quarter. On a third-and-goal attempt, he took the ball on a sweep right for a touchdown. The two point conversion was no good, but the Huskers were coming back and only were down 31-26 at the 13:06 mark.

MSU knew they needed to regain the momentum, and responded back with a fantastic scoring drive. The Spartans marched 75 yards in 16 plays, taking 8:50 off the clock.

Gerald Holmes scored from a yard out, thanks to a 23 yard setup pass from Connor Cook to R.J. Shelton. Thanks to them, the Spartans led 38-26 with 4:16 to go.

But it would be Tommy Armstrong,who again, would ruin the fun for MSU when he would score his second TD of the quarter- a run yard run to the left. The PAT was good.

And with 1:47 left, the Spartans had a 38-33 lead.

With 17 seconds left in regulation, Armstrong connected with Brandon Reilly for a 30 yard touchdown pass. There was some controversy as some thought Reilly had gone out of bounds and then returned to catch the pass. But the play was reviewed, and they determined that he was forced out.

The Huskers missed the two-point conversion attempt and took the lead 39-38.

Connor Cook completed a 17 yard pass to Mcgarrett Kings, Jr. that took MSU to the 41 yard line in the hopes of retaking the lead. But on the very next play, Cook completed a pass out of bounds with no time remaining, meaning the Huskers would go on to win 39-38.

MSU is now 8-1, while the Huskers are 4-6.


Late in the 1st, Nebraska receiver Jordan Westerkamp left the game with a possible upper body injury from a pair of high hits from Darien Harris on two completed passes.

ESPN says Westerkamp is undergoing concussion protocol.

MSU's defensive linemen Joel Heath injured his right ankle on the first drive of the second half. Malik McDowell also left on the same play, his injury is unknown.

Both defensive linemen's status to return is unknown.

Records Reached:

Connor Cook already took the record for Michigan State's leader in wins for a quarterback, but decided that wasn't enough for him.

Tonight, he took the school's career leader in touchdown passes too.

The senior QB threw his 67th career TD pass against the Huskers on Saturday to pass Kirk Cousins for the most in MSU's history.

The Bottom Line:

Now with the undefeated streak over, MSU will look to regroup and get back in the wins colum as they take on Maryland next Saturday November 14.