Payton Thorne
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Payton Thorne threw for 256 yards and two touchdowns and Ben Patton hit two fourth-quarter field goals to lift Michigan State to a 27-21 victory Saturday over Rutgers and keep the Spartans’ bowl hopes alive.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Payton Thorne didn’t mince words about the negative cloud that hovered above Michigan State’s football program this week.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois has been the surprise of the year in the Big Ten after seizing control of the Big Ten West and winning six straight games.
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Quarterback Payton Thorne threw a 27-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Jayden Reed in the second overtime Saturday to lift Michigan State to a 34-28 victory over Wisconsin.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Maryland quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa had a lot on his mind this week. That was only natural after his brother Tua was stretchered off with a head injury while playing for the Miami Dolphins.
Michigan State (2-2, 0-1 Big Ten) at Maryland (3-1, 0-1), Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET (FS1)

Line: Maryland by 7 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
SEATTLE (AP) — Michael Penix Jr. threw for 397 yards and four touchdowns, and Washington emphatically stated its case as a contender in the Pac-12 with a 39-28 win over No. 11 Michigan State on Saturday night.
Payton Thorne capped three straight drives with touchdown passes in the first half and threw for a fourth score in the final quarter to help No. 15 Michigan State pull away and beat Western Michigan 35-13.
Payton Thorne’s 22-yard touchdown pass to Jayden Reed gave No. 11 Michigan State the lead with less than three minutes remaining and the Spartans overcame an 11-point deficit to beat No. 13 Pittsburgh 31-21 on Thursday night in the Peach Bowl.
Rocky Lombardi was looking for a new place to play football after deciding to transfer from Michigan State nearly a year ago.
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State was unfazed by injuries, illness, snowy conditions and an embarrassing loss the previous week.
Michigan State quarterback Payton Thorne relived his team’s outing at Ohio State three times on film. The team’s nightmarish performance will be hard to forget.
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Payton Thorne, Jayden Reed, and Kenneth Walker combined to put together another explosive performance.
Matt Coghlin’s 51-yard field goal gave No. 10 Michigan State the lead and Payton Thorne’s third-quarter touchdown throw gave the Spartans the breathing room they needed to beat Indiana 20-15.
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — After turning the ball over seven times in a loss to Rutgers last year, No. 11 Michigan State turned to the the big-play approach with its new cast of players.
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — While Rutgers may have the same players who knocked off Michigan State in the season opener a year ago, these No. 11 Spartans are vastly different.
Payton Thorne passed for 261 yards and four touchdowns, two of those scoring throws going to Jalen Nailor, and Michigan State extended its unbeaten start by topping No. 24 Miami 38-17 on Saturday.
Michigan State (2-0) vs. No. 24 Miami (1-1), Saturday at noon EDT (ABC).

Series record: Miami leads 4-0.
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No. 22 Auburn at No. 10 Penn State
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Payton Thorne threw for four touchdowns, including two long strikes to Jayden Reed, and ran for another score as Michigan State rolled to a 42-14 victory over Youngstown State on Saturday.
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Mel Tucker would not budge.

Michigan State’s second-year football coach was asked various questions, attempting to find out who he’s starting at quarterback Friday night at Northwestern.