A Sour End To The Regular Season
It wasn’t the way many thought this season would go.
The Penn State Nittany Lions fell in their regular season finale 28-22 at the hands of Michigan State. The Spartans got off to a fast start and took the lead very early and did not look back.
Spartans running back Edwin Baker rushed for 118 yards and a touchdown in the win. Quarterback Kirk Cousins added two touchdown passes to propel Michigan State.
The Spartans took control of the game from the very beginning. They built up a 14-3 lead heading into halftime.
Penn State was able to move the ball in the first half but weren’t able to turn it into points. McGloin was solid in the first half but he just couldn’t move the Nittany Lions into field goal range.
The Spartans added an early third quarter touchdown courtesy of a 24-yard pass from Cousins to wide receiver B.J. Cunningham. It was Cunningham’s second touchdown on the afternoon.
Michigan State took a 21-3 lead and it didn’t look good for Penn State.
But Matt McGloin made a game of it. He started off the fourth quarter with a 25-yard touchdown pass to fullback Joe Suhey.
However the Spartans answered with a 3-yard touchdown pass from Keith Nichol to Charlie Gantt to extend the lead to 28-10.
The Nittany Lions did strike back rather quickly with a 10-yard touchdown run by Evan Royster. Royster had 85 yards rushing on the day.
The defense was able to get some late stops and got the ball back once again. The Nittany Lions did add another late touchdown courtesy of a McGloin 4-yard touchdown pass to Derek Moye to make it 28-22.
But that was as close as the Nittany Lions would get.
Penalties and bad defense were backbreakers for Penn State in the loss. If they would’ve played a more disclipined game, they may have had a strong chance to upend the Spartans.
The Nittany Lions will now look forward to a bowl game this holiday season. It should be interesting to see what type of matchup this unranked Penn State team draws.
It wasn’t the way the seniors wanted to go out at Beaver Stadium but that is the type of year that it has been.
They’ll have a chance to go out with a win in a few weeks in a bowl game.