Michigan State lost to Nebraska 28-14 Saterday after the Cornhuskers scored on a last second, brutal go-ahead TD. Brutal may be an understatement.
Nebraska (7-2, 4-1 Big Ten) control its fate heading into the remainder of the season to win the Legends Division thanks to quarterback Taylor Martinez’s five-yard touchdown pass to Jamal Turner with six seconds remaining in the game. Martinez finished the completing 16 of his 36 passing attempts for 160 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions. He also carried the ball 17 times for 205 yards and two rushing TDs.
It was the same old story for Michigan State (5-5, 2-4). The Spartans, still needing one more win to become bowl eligible, are nonexistent in the passing game. Andrew Maxwell only completed nine passes for 123 yards and a touchdown.
Head coach Mark Dantonio has to be thanking his lucky stars for having running back Le’Veon Bell, however. If it wasn’t for Bell, the Spartans wouldn’t have been in this game. He smashed Nebraska for 188 yards and two TDs on 36 carries–an amazing 5.2 yards per carry.
Nebraska will host Penn State at Memorial Stadium next Saturday; however, the Michigan State Spartans have an open week before hosting Northwestern at Spartan Stadium on Nov. 17.