Michigan State-Penn State game delayed by lightning

Ebony Scott
November 5, 2017

They travel to Columbus next weekend for a game against Ohio State, the victor of which will slip into the driver's seat of the Big Ten East race as the championship game in Indianapolis grows larger on the horizon.

Location: Spartan Stadium, East Lansing, Mich.

Penn State's chances at winning back-to-back Big Ten titles are now on life support, and Saquon Barkley's Heisman hopes may have flatlined. Penn State's forecast remains gloomy.

The 24th-ranked Spartans tied the game at 14, then the teams headed back to the locker rooms at halftime like usual.

But in the end, none of it has been enough. Laying waste to Pitt, pulling one out in Iowa, and clobbering MI in front of almost 111,000 fans - this team just seemed to have "it". This program is chock-full of freshmen and sophomores starting and is extremely young.

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Saturday's marked the second weather-delayed game of the season for Michigan State, following their 30-27 win at Minnesota on October 14, in which the start was bumped back.

The Nittany Lions still plan to plead their case to the College Football Playoff committee, and a big win over the Spartans could start the momentum shift to recover from last week's one-point loss to Ohio State. The Ohio State Buckeyes losing to the Iowa Hawkeyes in blowout fashion allowed the Spartans to assume command once again.

All season long Penn State's secondary had been lock down. His teams have lost all 10 of them. With just more than four minutes left and the game tied at 24, Penn State went for it on 4th-and-3 and ended up turning the ball over on the Spartans' 31-yard line.

Big Ten rules force a 30-minute wait after a lightning strike, with the clock reset each time one is seen.

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