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Michigan State stunned as Illinois completes largest comeback in school history, 37-34 Detroit Free Press Everything looked like Michigan State football’s fortune was about to turn around. Big plays, touchdowns, defensive stops. Then came Saturday’s fourth quarter. And everything fell apart — in even worse fashion than the Spartans’ three previous losses. This wasn’t a top-10 opponent. Nor was it a blowout defeat. But it may have been more heartbreaking than anything coach Mark Dantonio and his program has experienced.

Huge fourth-quarter comeback lifts Illinois over Michigan State Detroit News Things can’t get much worse for Michigan State football. Despite leading by 25 points in the second quarter, the Spartans fumbled it away as Illinois rallied to beat Michigan State, 37-34, when Brandon Peters hit Daniel Barker with a 5-yard touchdown pass with five seconds to play.

Michigan State blows 25-point lead in loss to Illinois as skid extended to four MLive.com Michigan State’s losing streak was extended to four and it came in ugly fashion. The Spartans (4-5, 2-4 Big Ten) blew a 25-point lead in the first half and lost 37-34 to Illinois (6-4, 4-3 Big Ten) on Saturday in East Lansing.

Illinois’ late fourth-down conversion proves ‘backbreaker’ for Michigan State MLive.com The list of what-if plays was long for Michigan State after its 37-34 loss to Illinois on Saturday night. There was the pass interference penalty on Illinois’ third-to-last play. The pick-six with 4:53 left that made it a one-point game. The 83-yard pass given up to open the fourth quarter.

Illinois extends MSU football’s losing streak to four games Spartan Tailgate
Everything Michigan State’s offense was early — creative, energetic, productive — faded by the second half, allowing Illinois to creep back from a 24-point deficit at Spartan Stadium. The Illini scored four fourth-quarter touchdowns to take down MSU 37-34 in East Lansing. The Spartans’ losing streak has grown to four games.

Illinois shocks Michigan State with incredible second-half comeback State News
Michigan State was cruising — until it wasn’t. The Spartan offense was scoring — until it stopped. MSU’s defense was playing fast and smart — until it couldn’t anymore.

Couch: 3 quick takes on Michigan State’s 37-34 collapse against Illinois Lansing State Journal
This should have a been a feel-good win for Michigan State’s football team — one that reminded them and the rest of the Big Ten that they’re still a cut above the bottom half of the Big Ten. Instead, they joined it.

It’s finally time to move on from Mark Dantonio Spartan Avenue
After yet another heart-wrenching loss, Michigan State football suffered the worst loss of Mark Dantonio’s tenure. And it’s finally time to move on.

Michigan State Edged by Illinois 37-34 Saturday MSUSpartans.com
Despite Elijah Collins’ second career 100-yard rushing game, Michigan State was edged by Illinois, 37-34, on Saturday afternoon at Spartan Stadium. Collins ended the game with 170 yards rushing, just 22 shy from his career-best 192 against Western Michigan on Sept. 7. Cody White was the top receiver for the Spartans with seven catches for 127 yards.

Game Recap: MSU football suffers embarrassing loss to Illinois Spartans Wire I cannot believe what just happened. After leading 28-3 in the first quarter, Michigan State football blew this game against Illinois. The Fighting Illini came back to beat the Spartans 36-34, the largest comeback in school history. Surely one of the worst losses for coach Mark Dantonio.

Michigan State grades: Worst loss of Mark Dantonio’s career? Detroit Free Press
Chris Solari rates Michigan State football on a scale of 1 to 10 after the Spartans’ 37-34 home loss to Illinois on Saturday.

Helplessness The Only Colors Welcome to helplessness. Who could have saw this coming to start the season? Or to end the 10-win 2017 season? Or after the 2015 College Football Playoff? Or the 2014 Rose B—you get it. We’re in a state of helplessness. And this is what it means on every level.

‘It’s how you finish’: Spartans defense embarrassed by fourth-quarter meltdown Detroit News When this season began, Michigan State was expected to have one of the best defenses in the nation.It was hardly a stretch considering the Spartans had been among the top units the previous two seasons and returned the core of the defense that was No. 1 in the country in 2018 in rushing yards allowed.

Michigan State’s collapse to Illinois follows same old pattern in final minutes Detroit Free Press There was no Joe Bachie. At the end, there was no Josiah Scott. Yet Michigan State football’s defensive collapse Saturday — allowing 27 fourth-quarter points in a 37-34 loss to Illinois — follows the same pattern that has plagued the once-vaunted unit for the past two seasons.

Grading Michigan State’s loss to Illinois MLive.com Another week, another loss. Michigan State (4-5, 2-4 Big Ten) blew a 25-point lead in a 37-34 loss to Illinois (6-4, 4-3 Big Ten) on Saturday in East Lansing. The Spartans have now lost four straight, extending their worst losing streak since dropping seven in a row in 2016, which ended with a 3-9 record.

Dantonio, Spartans seem powerless to stop program’s slide Detroit News
The calendar keeps changing, but the results don’t. Neither do the answers, as Michigan State’s football freefall continues and Mark Dantonio’s open-ended question begins to sound like a rhetorical one. “How strong are we?” That’s how Dantonio had framed what’s left of the Spartans season last week in practice. That was the motivational message he delivered to his players, day after day.

Turnovers continue to plague Michigan State as losing streak extended MLive.com
Mark Dantonio’s top priority for his team this week was ball security. The Michigan State coach believed avoiding turnovers was paramount in order to be successful against Illinois. The Spartans were unable to achieve that goal while squandering a 25-point lead in a 37-34 loss to the Fighting Illini on Saturday in East Lansing.

Michigan State sees hope for the future as freshmen get some playing time Detroit News
Injuries certainly had something to do with it, but Michigan State provided a glimpse of its future on Saturday afternoon. While the outcome was a stunning 37-34 loss to Illinois in which the Spartans gave up 27 fourth-quarter points, the offense was rolling early and featured four true freshmen in the starting lineup, each for the first time in his career.

Michigan State’s linebackers, led by Noah Harvey, step up without their senior leader State News
Michigan State Coach Mark Dantonio said that junior linebacker Noah Harvey is the “incumbent starter next year” at middle linebacker and would get his shot in Saturday’s game against Illinois. In his first career start, Harvey backed up those statements with a big game filling in for a senior captain.

p> Michigan State post-game grades: Illinois Spartan Tailgate
Michigan State collapsed in spectacular fashion Saturday, giving up four touchdowns in the final 15 minutes to lose to Illinois 37-34. It was the Spartans’ fourth straight loss, and now at 4-5 overall, they need to win two of their final three matchups to reach a bowl game.

Brian Lewerke ‘fine’ after blow to the head
Lewerke seemingly averted a potential head injury after he was inadvertently struck in the back of the helmet while running a speed option in the fourth quarter. As Illinois’ Dawson DeGroot was taking down Lewerke for a gain of 3 yards, linebacker Dele Harding’s knee clipped Lewerke’s head as he ran by.