Nittany Lions plummet in AP Poll after loss to Michigan State

Lawrence Cooper
November 6, 2017

Both running attacks were limited to under 100 yards each, with the Nittany Lions raking in 65 rushing yards and MSU running for 74 yards.

Penn State will look to finish the season strong, with three of the final three games taking place in Beaver Stadium.

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.

It was 1:15 p.m. when Penn State and Michigan State players were forced back into their locker rooms and fans were ordered to exit Spartan Stadium.

The Land-Grant Trophy is back in East Lansing, as the No. 24 Spartans beat the No. 7 Penn State Nittany Lions 27-24. Penn State is plus-14 in turnover margin, by far the best mark in the Big Ten.

Unlike Ohio State, Penn State didn't let its opponent blow the game open before halftime.

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If the defense keeps up this level of performance, the Panthers will be in the playoff mix the rest of the way. Panthers K Graham Gano has made 19 of 20 field-goal attempts this season, adding two successful boots Sunday.

Any hopes of making the College Football Playoff were dashed with the Lions' latest setback, but the rankings will help determine which teams make New Year's Six bowls, and it is those that PSU is now aiming for.

Michigan State is looking to pull off the major upset in East Lansing on Saturday afternoon, but it will take a complete team effort.

As Ohio State and Penn State collapsed in the East, West leader Wisconsin continued its methodical trek through the Power 5's most favorable schedule, blasting in, 45-17, in Bloomington ahead of a manageable closing stretch. The Spartans took over and then mounted the game-winning drive.

All of this probably will get sorted out in the coming weeks.

Michigan State has lost 10 fumbles this season, tied for the most in the conference.

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