In last week’s upset over Illinois, Michigan State quarterback Payton Throne played a huge part in the Spartans’ victory. Thorne threw for 182 yards and two touchdowns.

BTN analyst Jake Butt broke down Throne’s big day against the Fighting Illini.

“Michigan State, specifically Payton Throne, played his best game of the year and they were able to take advantage of some of the mistakes Illinois gave to them,” said Butt. “I thought this was his best day because of his accuracy.”

Butt praised Throne for many of his throws and being able to get them to his receivers. He also praised the Spartans’ offensive line for protecting the quarterback and keeping a clean backfield.

The Spartans came into this game after losing to rival Michigan with little to no hope in defeating the Illini, but they managed to move the ball all afternoon on the No. 1 defense in the country with the help of Thorne’s throws all afternoon.

The win moved the Spartans to 4-5 on the season and one step closer to maybe making a bowl game this year.