November 5th, 2017

Michigan State-Penn State talking points: The slide celebration and some highlight reel catches MLive
Here’s what Michigan State fans are talking about after the Spartans’ 27-24 win over Penn State

Overheard outside the Michigan State locker room: November is for contenders and bring the storm MLive
Here are some notable quotes from Michigan State players and coaches following the win

Big Ten hopes rise after MSU’s 27-24 win Detroit Free Press
Chris Frey was running back toward the huddle after covering Saquon Barkley midway through the fourth quarter when the Penn State running back shared a little news with his foe. “He was like, ‘Yo,” the Michigan State senior linebacker recalled, “‘we’re playing for a championship.’” Only the Spartans are left standing.

Felton Davis hauls in the victory, 27-24 Detroit Free Press
On Michigan State’s second drive after a 3:23 weather delay, wide receiver Felton Davis III made a momentum-swinging play to set the No. 24 Spartans up for a 27-24 win over No. 7 Penn State at home. Davis, the 6-foot-4, 195-pound junior, sprawled into the end zone on a 33-yard post route from sophomore quarterback Brian Lewerke for his eighth touchdown of the season, tieing the game at 14.

‘Trample the lion’: Inspired Matt Coghlin delivers MSU’s winning kick Detroit News
Seven years ago as Michigan State was getting set to play Penn State in the regular-season finale with a Big Ten championship on the line, coach Mark Dantonio asked his team if it knew what was said in Psalm 91. Then quarterback Kirk Cousins said he did, reciting the key phrase that said, “trample the lion.”

Michigan State now firmly in hunt for Big Ten title with Ohio State looming MLive
“November is really for contenders,” Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio said. “We put ourselves in position to at least be called a contender and that’s what we want to do.”

Michigan State report card: Spartans sharp in all facets vs. PSU Detroit Free Press
Chris Solari rates the Spartans on a scale of 1 to 10 after their 27-24 upset victory over No. 7 Penn State.

Spartans outlast weather delay, own key stats Detroit Free Press
For the second time this season, Michigan State’s football game went into a weather delay. Only this time, it was a long one. MSU and No. 7 Penn State sat in their locker rooms at Spartan Stadium for 3 hours and 22 minutes Saturday afternoon before play resumed due to a storm with lightning in the mid-Michigan area. The Spartans eventually upset the Nittany Lions, 27-24.

Mark Dantonio: ‘Seven hours to get our seventh win’ Detroit Free Press
What players and coaches had to say after Michigan State’s 27-24 victory over Penn State on Saturday

‘Matured’ receivers give MSU’s Lewerke plenty of options Detroit News
here’s a simple motto the players in Michigan State’s wide receiver room live by. “See ball, catch ball,” junior Felton Davis said on Saturday night. It’s pretty straight forward, but considering that entering the 2017 season, Davis’ 14 career catches were, by far, the most of any returning Spartans receiver, it wasn’t exaggerating to wonder who might make plays in the passing game.

Shawn Windsor: Can Spartans make Big Ten title game? Believe it Detroit Free Press
Free Press sports writer Shawn Windsor breaks down his three thoughts on Saturday’s 27-24 victory over Penn State

Wojo: Lewerke throws Spartans back into title contention Detroit News
With every perfect pass and every acrobatic catch, with every clutch play in adverse conditions, their confidence grew, and their identity continued to reshape. The Spartans are becoming something different and unexpected and fairly remarkable, and they’re doing it with a passing game that at times looks unstoppable.

Matt Coghlin accepts prayer card, then drills game-winning field goal MLive
Tie game, four seconds left. What advice does a coach have for a young player staring down the biggest moment of his career?

Grading Michigan State’s win against Penn State MLive
No. 24 Michigan State beat No. 7 Penn State 27-24 on Saturday night in East Lansing. Here are snap-judgement grades for the Spartans (7-2, 5-1 Big Ten) heading into next week’s showdown at Ohio State (7-2, 5-1) for sole possession of first place in the Big Ten East Division