East Lansing, MI – Michigan State had a week without football, but that doesn't mean they took time off.
Mel Tucker implemented a last-minute schedule following Maryland's decision to cancel its contest against MSU.
It began with a heavy emphasis on the Spartans' next opponent, Northwestern.
Though, at this point, Michigan State has more questions than answers, including the starting quarterback, a competition described by Tucker as "ongoing."
However, as a unit, the Michigan State football program has made "tremendous" sacrifices, and they didn't go unnoticed by their new head coach.
Perhaps it will be enough to hang tough against Northwestern while pulling off the upset inside Spartan Stadium.
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It's Game Day
Update: Rocky Lombardi taking snaps from Nick Samac; Matt Allen not out warming up with centers & quarterbacks.
Update: MSU CB Chris Jackson back in uniform after missing the last two games.
Update: S Tre Person and CB Kalon Gervin are dressed for Michigan State (didn't play against Indiana).
Update: I haven't seen WR Ricky White, TE Trenton Gillison, or RB Jordon Simmons during warmups, but WR Tre Mosley is dressed.
Update: Not seeing TE Matt Dotson either, which doesn't bode well for MSU, who doesn't have a ton of depth there.
Update: Lombardi working with the first-team offense; Payton Thorne with the second team. It's looking like Lombardi will get the start today.
Coin Toss: Northwestern won the toss and deferred to the second half. MSU to receive the opening kickoff.
Update: Lombardi at QB.
Scoring Update #1: Rocky Lombardi's pass to Jalen Nailor is complete for a 75-yard touchdown pass. PAT GOOD.
MSU 7 NU 0
Turnover: Shakur Brown intercepts Peyton Ramsey's pass and returns it 54-yards to the Northwestern 11-yard line.
Scoring Update #2: Matt Coghlin's 22-yard field goal attempt is good.
MSU 10 NU 0
7:06 left in the first quarter.
End of the first quarter: MSU 10 NU 0
Scoring Update #3: Lombardi's pass to Jayden Reed is complete for 15-yards and a score. PAT GOOD.
MSU 17 NU 0
Scoring Update #4: Charlie Kuhbander's 42-yard field goal is good.
MSU 17 NU 3
Scoring Update #5: Charlie Kuhbander's 32-yard field goal is good.
MSU 17 NU 6
6:35 left in the second quarter.
Halftime: MSU 17 NU 6
Injury Update: Jalen Hunt down on the play for MSU.
Scoring Update #6: Peyton Ramsey runs into the endzone for a one-yard touchdown. PAT GOOD.
10:39 left in the third quarter.
MSU 17 NU 13
End of the third quarter: MSU 17 NU 13
Scoring Update #7: Cam Porter rushes for a three-yard touchdown. PAT GOOD.
13:54 left in the fourth quarter.
NU 20 MSU 17
Turnover: Lombardi's pass is intercepted by LB Paddy Fisher. Northwestern ball.
Turnover: Northwestern fumbles and Jack Camper recovers for the Spartans. MSU ball.
Scoring Update #8: Matt Coghlin's 44-yard field goal is good.
10:11 left in the fourth quarter.
MSU 20 NU 20
Turnover: Shakur Brown intercepts a pass thrown by Ramsey. MSU Ball with 6:22 left in the game.
Scoring Update #9: Matt Coghlin's 48-yard field goal is good.
MSU 23 NU 20
3:35 left in the fourth quarter.
Turnover: Xavier Henderson intercepts Peyton Ramsey's pass. MSU Ball with 3:04 left in the game. Play is under further review.
Update: After further review, the pass is ruled incomplete. 4th-and-10 for the Wildcats.
Final Score: MSU 29 NU 20