Michigan State, Purdue trade blows in back-and-forth start to 3rd quarter
No one is giving ground in West Lafayette with Purdue providing another strong performance against a top-5 team. This time, it is No. 3 Michigan State trying to escape with an unblemished record still intact.
Trailing 21-14 to start the second half, the Spartans came up with the big plays it needed to tie the game. The defense forced a fumble from Zander Horvath to flip the field and give the offense good position.
That drive led to a 3rd-and-1 with the Spartans calling a designed quarterback run. It was a straight QB draw with Payton Thorne working off his blockers to get past the defense and all the way for a game-tying score.
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Unfortunately for Michigan State, the ensuing drive included some mental errors and miscues but its defense. An unnecessary roughness penalty and a targeting call on Simeon Barrow quickly put the Boilermakers in the red zone.
That set Purdue up for a short touchdown by King Doerue to get the score to 28-21, Boilermakers. This is already a great game, and the finish is one you’re not going to want to miss.