October 27th, 2018

Rocky Lombardi steers Michigan State football past Purdue, 23-13 Detroit Free Press
Rocky Lombardi got the start, and more injuries occurred. Michigan State’s offense sputtered and stalled under its new quarterback, but the Spartans moved the ball enough for a 23-13 victory over Purdue on Saturday at Spartan Stadium.

Couch: 3 quick takes on Michigan State’s Rocky Lombardi-led win over Purdue Lansing State Journal
Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch gives his initial thoughts on the Spartans’ performance Saturday against Purdue.

Rocky Lombardi leads Michigan State to 23-13 win over Purdue MLive.com
A change at quarterback sparked Michigan State’s offense early. And a defense that’s been stout all season delivered late. The Spartans topped Purdue, 23-13, on Saturday afternoon at Spartan Stadium to earn a key bounce-back win a week after falling short at home in a rivalry game against Michigan.

Michigan State Halts Purdue’s Run, 23-13 Michigan State Official
Rocky Lombardi threw for 318 yards and two touchdowns in his first start for Michigan State, and the Spartans halted Purdue’s four-game win streak, beating the Boilermakers 23-13 on Saturday.

Lombardi, MSU defense the difference in win over Purdue Impact Sports
Michigan State needed every inch to walk out with a 23-13 victory over Purdue and coming off one of the toughest losses of the season, this was one MSU needed badly. With quarterback Brian Lewerke out with an injury, the Spartans started redshirt freshman Rocky Lombardi. Lombardi showed up, and late in the fourth quarter of the ball game with the Purdue defense staring him down, he threw the pass that defined the afternoon.

Dantonio: Purdue win among most rewarding of Michigan State tenure MLive.com
Dantonio afterward put the Spartans’ 23-13 win over Purdue at Spartan Stadium alongside any other in his career in Michigan State in terms of how rewarded he felt while standing at the media room podium. “This could be as rewarding a win maybe in our time here,” Dantonio said after the game. “We needed to get up off of the mat.”

Rocky Lombardi stands tall, leading Spartans to a big win Spartan Nation
Behind a stellar defensive effort and an efficient performance from backup quarterback Rocky Lombardi, making his first career start as a redshirt freshman, Michigan State would hold off a red-hot Purdue team, fresh off an upset win over Ohio State, for a 23-13 win.

Fresh perspective: Lombardi delivers for MSU in win over Purdue Detroit News
Michigan State’s season was teetering on Saturday, and with a redshirt freshman quarterback starting his first game, the odds didn’t look good for the Spartans. However, just a week after losing at home to its rival, Michigan State rode its defense and some inspired play from Rocky Lombardi at quarterback to a 23-13 victory over Purdue in front of 72,657 at Spartan Stadium.

Spartans Spar with Boilermakers, Lombardi Impresses in 23-13 Win Great Lakes Divide
The day began with Michigan State missing five starters on offense, but that excuse melted away with the proficiency of Rocky Lombardi at the quarterback position as the Spartans held their own against one of the hottest teams in the Big Ten – a 23-13 victory over the Purdue Boilermakers.

Behind Rocky Lombardi, Michigan State responds with crucial win Spartan Tailgate
In his first career start, redshirt freshman Rocky Lombardi was better than average against Purdue. That is what MSU has received from the quarterback position through this season under Brian Lewerke.

Michigan State football stock watch post-Purdue Spartan Tailgate
Needing a win after falling at home to Michigan last week, the Michigan State football team responded behind a stingy defense and a strong impression from Rocky Lombardi to defeat Purdue 23-13.

Michigan State ‘stayed focused’ in win over Purdue The Only Colors
Michigan State beat Purdue at home Saturday 23-13 to improve to 5-3. The Spartans also continued their now seven-game winning streak against the Boilermakers. After last weekend — Michigan State losing to Michigan and Purdue beating a No. 2 Ohio State team — today’s outcome was not necessarily expected. However, head coach Mark Dantonio felt like the Spartans rose to the occasion.

Rocky Lombardi delivers ‘tremendous’ performance in first career start MLive.com
The visiting locker room at Spartan Stadium was loud last Saturday, and not in the way the home team wanted. One week later, it was Michigan State’s turn to celebrate and one player was singled out. “Rocky, Rocky, Rocky,” is how the chant went, according to defensive coordinator Mike Tressel.

Michigan State defense gets back to basics in win vs. Purdue Detroit Free Press
After getting gashed on the ground the past two games against Penn State and Michigan, Michigan State defensive coordinator Mike Tressel said the Spartans had to return to the basics. That is the MSU staple of stopping the run and harassing the quarterback. Tressel said opposing quarterbacks were getting too comfortable in the pocket, being able to throw or scramble comfortably. So it was back to step one for the Spartans.

Michigan State football report card: High marks for Rocky Lombardi Detroit Free Press
Chris Solari rates the Spartans on a scale of 1 to 10 after their 23-13 win over Purdue on Saturday.

Stellar Spartans defense suppresses potent Boilermakers’ attack Detroit News
Through Michigan State’s ups and downs this season, pinning much of the blame on the defense has been hard to do. The Spartans have given up their share of yards through the air, but it’s a unit that has kept Michigan State in every game it has played this season, just waiting for a depleted offense to take advantage.

Spartans’ injury picture taking turn for the better Detroit News
It wouldn’t be a typical week around the Michigan State program without an update on the injuries. And while Michigan State suffered a few more in Saturday’s 23-13 victory over Purdue at Spartan Stadium, all the news isn’t bad.

Injuries whittle roster even more vs. Purdue Detroit Free Press
Cody White jogged out for warmups in his green uniform. Josiah Scott did as well. Neither played, but Michigan State appeared to be getting closer to full-strength Saturday morning. That changed quickly. The Spartans, who already were playing without starting quarterback Brian Lewerke and four other offensive starters, suffered even more injuries during Saturday afternoon’s 23-13 win over Purdue.

Tyler Hunt has torn ACL and Josiah Scott serves suspension MLive.com
The slew of injuries Michigan State has encountered this year continued at an unlikely position. Redshirt freshman walk-on punter Tyler Hunt is out for the season due to a knee injury sustained in practice this week. “We lost our punter Tyler Hunt on Thursday in a non-contact deal,” Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio said after Saturday’s 23-13 win against Purdue. “He blew out his ACL, so he’s done for the season.”

Couch: What Rocky Lombardi did against Purdue can’t be ignored – just ask Mark Dantonio Lansing State Journal
Mark Dantonio and Dave Warner had a chance to shut down talk of a quarterback controversy. They chose otherwise. Which means they saw what we saw from Rocky Lombardi in Michigan State’s 23-13 win over Purdue on Saturday. Without top receivers Felton Davis and Cody White, MSU’s offense hummed like it hadn’t all season — even in scoring just 16 points through the first 58 minutes. That can’t be ignored.

Spartans go the distance with plucky underdog QB Detroit News
Mark Dantonio said all week his team “needed to get up off the mat.” So, naturally, Michigan State’s coach turned to a quarterback named Rocky to get the job done. And by the time the final bell sounded on Saturday’s slugfest against Purdue, with Rocky Lombardi and the beaten-down Spartans finally taking a late-round decision, the sound in the victorious locker room was unmistakable.