Sunday, December 6, 2009

Northwestern @ Michigan State

It was an exciting night game in East Lansing, Michigan. Northwestern jumped all over Michigan State in the first quarter, going up 10-0 on their first two possessions. On their first possession, QB Dan Persa hooked up with WR Charles Brown for a 25 yard TD.

Persa 25 yard TD pass

Michigan State QB Keith Nichol put the Spartans on his back and willed his team back into the game with a 69 yard TD strike to TE Garett Celek.

Keith Nichols TD pass to TE Garett Celek

The second quarter was back and forth as the two teams put up a combined 49 points in the quarter. Persa and Nichol were putting on a show for the ages. MSU went into halftime with a 4 point lead, 35-31. The second half was a different story. The third quarter saw only 3 points scored by either team, as Aaron Bates added a field goal to the Spartans lead. The Spartan defense really showed up in the 4th quarter. Persa was picked off by FS turned CB Trenton Robinson on Northwestern's first possession of the quarter.

Trenton Robinson's INT

That INT lead directly to an Edwin Baker scamper for a TD to increase the Spartan lead to 14.

 The game was finally over when a brutal hit during the NW kick return resulted in a fumble and recovery by WR Chris Rucker.

The player of the game was undoubtably Keith Nichol, who threw for over 450 yards and 3 TDs while rushing for a 4th TD, but RB Edwin Baker did his best Javon Ringer imitation rumbling for 199 yards on 31 carries.

MSU wins this one 55-31, shutting NW out in the 2nd half, winning their first Big Ten game of the season.

MSU also received their first commitment of the season from four star FS Avery Fitch, who was ranked the #91 prospect in the nation, and #9 safety. 

Go Green.