Michigan State beat Penn State 27-24 in a game that lasted more than seven hours after a three-hour rain delay. 

By Daniel Rapaport
November 04, 2017

Matt Coghlin kicked a 34-yard field goal to give No. 24 Michigan State a 27-24 win over No. 7 Penn State in a game that ended more than seven hours after kickoff.

Weather delays turned the Penn State–Michigan State game into an all-day event. The game kicked off at noon central time, and the Nittany Lions led 14-7 with just under eight minutes left in the second quarter when the game was stopped due to inclement weather. Fans were told to leave the stadium when the weather rolled in. Play resumed to a half-empty stadium at 4:38 p.m. EST. When all was said and done, the official game time was seven hours and three minutes.

After play resumed, Michigan State quarterback Brian Lewerke found Felton Davis III for a 33-yard touchdown to even the score at 14-14. That score held until halftime before An L.J. Scott three-yard touchdown run capped a 91-yard drive to give the Spartans a 21-14 advantage. 

Penn State seized control with back-to-back scoring drives in the third quarter. Tyler Davis kicked a 26-yard field goal to cut the deficit to 21-17, and on the next possession Trace McSorley took advantage of a coverage breakdown and connected with DeAndre Thompkins for a 70-yard touchdown pass to give Penn State a 24-21 lead.

Michigan State knotted the score at 24-24 with another Coghlin field goal. Both teams threw interceptions on its next possession. Penn State's Amani Oruwariye picked off Lewerke at the Penn State seven-yard line after the ball was tipped by a Michigan State receiver with 7:28 remaining. 

But Penn State could not get the game-winning score. Coach James Franklin opted to go for it on a fourth-and-three on the Michigan State 31 with 4:05 remaining, and Michigan State got the ball back after a Trace McSorely pass fell incomplete. 

Michigan State executed the four-minute offense to perfection to set up Coghlin for the game-winning kick, which was right down the middle. 

Heisman hopeful Saquon Barkley was kept mostly in check, rushing for just 63 yards on 14 carries and catching three passes for 33 yards. He did complete a 20-yard pass.

Note that the FOX crew covering this game (including SI’s Bruce Feldman) is the same one that was in Manhattan for the Kansas State–TCU matchup that endured a three-hour weather delay on Oct. 14.

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