Michigan State University Spartans
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#161 Penn State -6.5
vs. #162 Michigan State 44

Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 3:30pm EDT
Soartan Stadium, East Lansing
Written by Chris Kubala
It’s a matchup of teams from the East Division of the Big Ten in the Great Lakes State. The #6 Penn State Nittany Lions are on the road as they travel to face the Michigan State Spartans Saturday afternoon. Penn State comes in off a 28-21 win at home over #16 Michigan last Saturday night. Michigan State had a bye last week: they were drubbed 38-0 on the road by then-#8 Wisconsin in their previous game on October 12th. The Spartans own a 16-15-1 edge in the all-time series between the teams and have taken the last two: that includes a 21-17 road win in the most recent matchup on October 13, 2018.  

Penn State Nittany Lions Seek to Remain Unbeaten

Penn State prevailed at home over #16 Michigan last week to remain unbeaten and avenge a 42-7 pasting at the hands of the Wolverines in Ann Arbor last season. The Nittany Lions try to remain unbeaten heading into a game with #17 Minnesota next week. Penn State bolted to a 21-0 lead in the second quarter and hung on after Michigan made it a seven-point game twice, the last time with 8:48 to play. The Nittany Lions were outgained 417-283, gave up 26 first downs while recording 14 and were crushed 37:45 to 22:15 in time of possession in the contest. Penn State did force the game’s lone turnover: their strong start carried them to victory. https://twitter.com/BigTenNetwork/status/1185752588114784256 The Nittany Lions enter this contest 44th in the nation in passing offense as they average 261 yards through the air this season. Penn State is 52nd in rushing offense as they pick up 178.3 yards per contest. The Nittany Lions are 10th in the FBS in scoring offense by averaging 40 points per game and stand 3rd in scoring defense by allowing just 10 points per contest. Sean Clifford is 116 of 184 passing for 1,742 yards with 16 touchdowns and two interceptions: he is second on the team with 269 yards and three touchdowns on the ground. Will Levis is 14 of 22 for 85 yards and a score while adding 66 rushing yards and two scores. Noah Cain leads the team on the ground with 62 carries for 329 yards and six scores. Journey Brown (39 carries, 252 yards, three TD) and Devyn Ford (31 carries, 217 yards, two TD) are also valuable options in the ground game. KJ Hamler leads the Nittany Lions with 32 receptions for 563 yards and seven touchdowns this season. Pat Freiermuth (20 grabs, 231 yards, four TD) and Jahan Dotson (15 receptions, 298 yards, three TD) are the only other players with double-digit catches on the year. Jake Pinegar has hit all 37 extra point attempts and five of six field goals with a long of 38 this season. Jordan Stout has not attempted an extra point and is two of three on field goals with a long of 57.
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12:00pm EST
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