The Michigan State Spartans defeated the Purdue Boilermakers, 45-31, to improve to 5-1 overall and increase their Big Ten record to 2-0.
No. 8 Michigan State survived an upset bid from Purdue and defeated them, 45-31. The Spartans sealed their victory with just over a minute left as linebacker Darien Harris returned an interception 15 yards for a touchdown.
The Spartans had held a 38-17 lead at the end of the third quarter, but the Boilermakers responded with 14 unanswered points before the Spartans escaped.
Spartans quarterback Connor Cook threw for 238 yards and three touchdown passes with one interception on 19-of-37 passing. Running back Jeremy Langford ran for 104 yards on 13 carries. Wide receiver Tony Lippett caught seven passes for 138 yards and a touchdown.
For the Boilermakers, quarterback Austin Appleby threw for 211 yards and a touchdown with an interception on 24-of-37 passing. His sole interception of the game proved to be costly as it demolished Purdue’s chances of making a triumphant comeback.
Running back Akeem Hunt had himself a great game though as he rushed for 96 yards and three touchdowns on 12 carries. Wide receiver Danny Anthrop caught nine passes for 133 yards.