Michigan State at Northwestern Live Blog: Can Sparty Avoid the Wildcat Trap?
Good Morning college football fans.
In one of the marquee early games, #7 Michigan State travels out of the state of Michigan for the first time to take on Northwestern on homecoming.
Here are some records, stats, and everything else to get you ready for the game.
Sparty leads the all time series 34-16, and is 16-10 in Evanston.
MSU has also won the last 2 games that were played in Evanston, which includes the 2006 game in which they came back from 35 down to beat the Wildcats.
With its #7 BCS record, MSU is at its highest ranking since the 1999 season where they ended at #9.
The Spartans have not been 7-0 since 1966, they have not won or shared the conference crown since 1990 and have not been to the Rose Bowl since 1987.
Northwestern QB Dan Persa is the nation's most efficient passer and also leads the team in rushing.
With a win, Northwestern will be bowl eligible for the 4th straight year. They have never made 3 consecutive bowl trips in their school history.
Weather could be a factor, as there is a chance of rain in Evanston. This could slow down the MSU run game and the Northwestern spread attack.
Sparty won the game with better coaching, smarter play, and just better execution in the 2nd half. Northwestern may be the most undisciplined team in the Big Ten now looks at the lower tier bowl games.
Pick by Sparty seals it as Michigan State improves to 8-0
I don't see Zak Kustok, so this one may be over
Baker scores to give the Spartans an 8 point lead. Cats will get it back. Can they channel their inner 2000 team?
Spartans continue their march towards Roses and NWestern may be looking at Pizza Pizza
Spartans continue their march towards the Roses and Northwestern is looking at Pizza pizza.
4th down and the Cats may be out of life
Timeout NWeestern and a 3rd and 13 faces them
Answer not much
What do you dial up on 2nd and 20?
Penalties beating the Cats once again
I guess we get to see how good Dan Persa is when the game is on the line. Remember how bad the kicking game has been for the Cats this year...
What a catch! Cunningham with a tipped TD catch for the score. 28-27 Sparty with 2 min left!
1st and goal and the Wildcats may be watching this one slip away
First down and it looks like Sparty is poised to win this one
4th and 1, this is the game part 1
Oooo that was a close one as Cousins had it stripped. Lucky a fat lineman was there!
Sparty now in Wildcat territoy. Here comes a photo finish
Northwestern gets a huge sack. Poor pass protection on the left side of the MSU line
Sparty starts a season making drive with a big completion
Wildcats may have been too conservative as the Spartans will get it right back
Fake Punt this time? Nope and the Spartans will give up field possession with plenty of time left.
Dell runs into the umpire! Unfortunate for Sparty
Demos is now 2-2 today. Maybe the Wildcats kicking game got some work in the bye week? 27-21 Cats with under 10 min left
Sparty has 7 sacks! Yet they still trail!
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