ATLANTA (AP) — Michigan State capped its turnaround from from a two-win season with a fourth-quarter comeback in the Peach Bowl.
Payton Thorne’s 22-yard touchdown pass to Jayden Reed gave No.
Rocky Lombardi was looking for a new place to play football after deciding to transfer from Michigan State nearly a year ago.
Northern Illinois, meanwhile, was searching for a quarterback to spark a turnaround.
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State was unfazed by injuries, illness, snowy conditions and an embarrassing loss the previous week.
The Spartans put all that behind them and finished the regular season on a high note.
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.
“It was tough to watch and see the things that happened,” he said of the 56-7 road loss to the Buckeyes.
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Payton Thorne, Jayden Reed, and Kenneth Walker combined to put together another explosive performance.
Next week, the trio will need to be even better and their teammates on defense will have to be at their best.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Michigan State tight end Tyler Hunt delivered both times he touched the ball Saturday at Indiana.
First, Hunt avoided taking a sack near midfield with a 15-yard heave to quarterback Payton Thorne.
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. It worked to perfection.
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.
Coach Mel Tucker has infused his lineup for Saturday's game at SHI Stadium with 20 transfers, including five starters.
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Michigan State spent the week preparing for a fight. That was the analogy that the Spartans used all week, telling each other that their game at Miami would be a grind-it-out bout decided in the later rounds.
Michigan State (2-0) vs. No. 24 Miami (1-1), Saturday at noon EDT (ABC).
Line: Miami by 6 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
Things to watch during Week 3 of play in the Big Ten Conference:
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.