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Spartans Fall at Penn State Saturday MSUSpartans.com
Michigan State fell to Penn State, 39-24, Saturday afternoon at Beaver Stadium in the battle for the Land Grant Trophy. Michigan State (2-5) rallied from an early 3-0 deficit with a 21-point second quarter to take a 21-10 halftime lead, but Penn State (3-5) countered with a big second half for the win.

Couch: 3 quick takes on Michigan State’s Payton Thorne-led offensive awakening and defeat at Penn State Lansing State Journal
Forget the final score. This is exactly what Michigan State’s football program needed — to find a quarterback. A young quarterback at that. One that can lead the Spartans through the early seasons of the Mel Tucker era and give MSU a chance to be a dangerous program while Tucker and Co. try to build it into a complete one.

Payton Thorne shows promise, but Michigan State football falls apart at Penn State, 39-24 Detroit Free Press
Payton Thorne gave Michigan State football a chance in his first career start. The redshirt freshman quarterback threw touchdown passes on three straight drives in the second quarter. He had 202 yards passing and completed 11 of his 13 throws. The offense looked as in sync as it has all season.

Michigan State offense fizzles in second half, Penn State rolls to 39-24 victory Detroit News
For a half, everything was clicking for Michigan State. But just as coach Mel Tucker spent the week preaching consistency, the Spartans failed to sustain the early effort, watching an 11-point halftime lead disappear in a flash in the second half as Penn State blitzed Michigan State, rallying past the Spartans then pulling away late for a 39-24 victory Saturday at Beaver Stadium.

Spartans choke lead, lose 39-24 Spartans Wire
It was a tale of two halves for the Spartans today. Michigan State had the lead for the early portions of the game, but could not hold on to it as the Nittany Lions came back to win 39-24. The Spartans looked like a good team in first half and a horrific team in the second half.

Payton Thorne sparks Michigan State but Penn State rallies for 39-24 win MLive.com
Payton Thorne sparked Michigan State (2-5) to a 21-10 advantage at halftime but Penn State (3-5) rallied to pull out a 39-24 win on Saturday at Beaver Stadium. It was the third straight victory for the Nittany Lions, who started the season 0-5 for the first time in program history.

Michigan State Falls 39-24 at Penn State, Game Recap The Only Colors
A tale of two halves clearly as Michigan State racked up 242 yards total in the first half, but then managed just 147 yards in the second. Just 24 net rushing yards in the second half as well after getting 40 in the first. PSU and MSU managed exactly 70 plays each, but MSU finished with 5.6 average yards per play to PSU’s 5.8. A story of “what if” regarding the roster being able to finish out this game.

Michigan State melts down in second half of loss to Penn State Spartan Tailgate
After playing one of its cleanest halves of football of the season early against Penn State, Michigan State descended into a sloppy, disheveled mess over the final 30 minutes at Beaver Stadium on Saturday.

Give Mel Tucker a pass on this season. Here’s why Detroit Free Press
He’ll get a pass this season, deservedly so. A mulligan, if you will. Mel Tucker was hired late, shut down by a pandemic before he really started, then lost more time with his Michigan State Spartans when the Big Ten called off the season.

Michigan State anxious to find out opponent for Big Ten’s crossover week MLive.com
Mel Tucker has said often this year that his team needs to play as much football as possible to gain experience and build a foundation for the future. To that end, he’s looking forward to his team’s Week 9 game, even if he doesn’t yet know who it will be against, where it will be held or even what day it will be held.