Michigan State quarterback Payton Thorne was excellent in the Spartans’ 39-25 loss to Penn State on Saturday afternoon.

He completed 22-of-39 passes for 325 yards and three touchdowns against the Nittany Lions. All three of those scores came in the first half.

Thorne’s 325 yards broke multiple program records. It’s the most yardage for a freshman quarterback at Michigan State. It’s also a new record for yardage by a quarterback in a debut game.

Michigan State moves to 2-5 on the season with the loss.

The Spartans will find out their Week 9 opponent on Sunday. If Thorne can replicate his performance next week, it could give Mel Tucker something to consider over the offseason.

Throne was a 3-star quarterback in the 2019 recruiting class, according to 247Sports Composite rankings.

Starting quarterback Rocky Lombardi was injured for this game and did not play. Tucker declined to provide a specific update after the game.