Live updates: MSU forces Northwestern fumble
Northwestern quarterback Clayton Thorson was carving up the MSU defense as the Wildcats marched into Spartans territory.
But then something funny happened: MSU forced a turnover.
On an 11-yard completion to Ramaud Bowman, Andrew Dowell ripped the ball away from the receiver and the Spartans pounced to take possession at their own 28
Lewerke, White lead 92-yard scoring drive
Brian Lewerke hit Cody White for a 60-yard strike down the the Northwestern 6. Three plays later, Lewerke found himself under immense pressure in the backfield, reversing field before finding White in the end zone for a six-yard touchdown.
With 12:25 remaining in the first quarter, MSU leads 7-0.
A big kickoff return was brought back by a penalty, and the Spartans were forced to start the game in the shadow of their own end zone.
Lewerke hit Matt Sokol for a 16-yard gain out to the 24 to give the offense some breathing room. After a four-yard run by Gerald Holmes, Lewerke hit Felton Davis for a first down at the sticks. On the next play, Lewerke and White made some noise.
MICHIGAN STATE VS. NORTHWESTERN
When: Saturday, 3:30 p.m.
Where: Ryan Field, Evanston, Ill.
TV / radio: ESPN / WJR 760
Records: Michigan State 6-1 (4-0 Big Ten), Northwestern 4-3 (2-2)
Line: Michigan State by 2.5
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