Wednesday, 22 November, 2017

Lightning at Spartan Stadium delays Michigan State-Penn State

Penn State head coach James Franklin gathers the team during practice on Oct. 18 Penn State head coach James Franklin gathers the team during practice on Oct. 18
Tracy Craig | 05 November, 2017, 02:09

Here are three quick thoughts from No. 7 Penn State's 27-24 loss to No. 24 Michigan State.

Lightning strikes extended Penn State's postseason dreams by a few hours on the first Saturday of November.

Khari Willis led Michigan State with 11 tackles, David Dowell had two interceptions and Joe Bachie one. Then, on offense, the Lions will need to figure out how to get its unit going, as it has 213 passing yards and just one rushing yard thus far.

Long-time Penn State radio voice Steve Jones said he couldn't ever recall a Lions game being delayed during play, although the 2000 game against Ohio State in Columbus was pushed back a half-hour due to weather.

The tie didn't last long as Penn State scored on the following possession and benefited from poor tackling by Michigan State. Penn State had a 14-7 lead.

Kickoff of Saturday night's game at MI was moved back to an estimated 8:30 p.m.

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It was raining hard again by the time the second quarter ended, but the game went on.

The Spartans tied the game up at 14 before halftime and took a 17-14 lead midway through the third.

Freshman kicker Matt Coghlin sealed the game with a 34-yard field goal, knocking through his second kick of the fourth quarter.

The Lions still rank second in the Big Ten in points allowed per game while the Spartans are first in the conference against the rush. Davis attempted to make a catch at the sideline but tipped the ball with one hand and intercepted by Amani Oruwariye at the Nittany Lions' 24-yard line.

Penn State was missing a pair of starters in offensive tackle Ryan Bates and defensive end Ryan Buchholz. Penn State's College Football Playoff hopes likely went down with the loss, having lost their last two by a combined four points.

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