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Michigan State upsets Penn State after lengthy delay

Penn State head coach James Franklin gathers the team during practice on Oct. 18

A week after J.T. Barrett's flawless final quarter derailed a ideal season, Michigan State's Matt Coghlin added his name to Spartan lore with a 34-yard field goal as time expired to beat the Nittany Lions, 27-24.

Brian Lewerke threw for 400 yards and two touchdowns, a week after throwing for 445 yards in the Spartans' triple-overtime loss to Northwestern. That doesn't exactly lend to any sort of bragging rights among such a crowded - and high-ranked - conference, but with four games left (and Ohio State still having to face bitter rival MI at the end of November) the Nittany Lions could find themselves still in the title game discussion. Eastern time.The game resumed at 4:37 p.m.Michigan State officials instructed the fans at Spartan Stadium to exit the facility.Rain began to fall in the first quarter, stopped briefly and then resumed shortly after the teams went to their locker rooms. The Spartans' other score, meanwhile, came on a touchdown pass to Darrell Stewart.

The Nittany Lions lead 14-7 with just under eight minutes left in the second quarter.

The tie didn't last long as Penn State scored on the following possession and benefited from poor tackling by Michigan State. He's thrown for 16 touchdowns and run for 8 more.

Barkley rushed for zero yards on six attempts in the first half, and for maybe the first time all season was held at bay on kick returns and in the passing attack.

The Lions still rank second in the Big Ten in points allowed per game while the Spartans are first in the conference against the rush. Davis attempted to make a catch at the sideline but tipped the ball with one hand and intercepted by Amani Oruwariye at the Nittany Lions' 24-yard line.

Check back to timesleader.com for full updates from the game. Both were injured in last week's 39-38 loss to Ohio State and didn't dress on Saturday.