Published Saturday, November 16, 2013 at 9:10 pm / Updated at 10:14 pm
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Michigan State 41, Nebraska 28: Quarter by quarter

World-Herald staff writers Sam McKewon and Rich Kaipust recap Nebraska's 41-28 loss to Michigan State with highlights from each quarter.

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FIRST QUARTER

Terrell Newby: The Husker freshman running back fumbles an option from Tommy Armstrong that's slightly behind him. Michigan State defensive end Shilique Calhoun recovers. The Spartans are immediately in business.

Connor Cook: MSU's quarterback has a wide-open Tony Lippett for an easy touchdown. But a 25-mph wind catches Cook's pass and pushes Lippett to the back of the end zone. Lippett catches the ball, but his foot is out of bounds. The Spartans settle for a 45-yard field goal.

Armstrong: Throws beyond Kenny Bell by a few feet. Michigan State safety Kurtis Drummond is there for the interception. Michigan State takes over at the NU 46.

Sam Foltz: The Husker freshman punter uncorks a 59-yarder to flip the field after an NU drive goes three-and-out.

Jordan Westerkamp: The NU wide receiver has his second punt fumble in a week and the Huskers' third turnover of the game. Michigan State recovers and scores a touchdown two plays later.

Sam Burtch: He's the Husker wideout to burn the Spartans defense first, catching passes of 26 and 32 yards — the latter of which is a touchdown — from Armstrong. Nebraska trails Michigan State 10-7 at the end of a long, strange first quarter.

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SECOND QUARTER

Cook: Throws a sharp bullet on third-and-6 to Lippett for 7 yards. MSU reaches the NU 36. Later, he converts a third-and-1 with a 6-yard keeper. The Spartans reach the Husker 10.

Lippett: On third-and-goal, he's asked to throw a pass on a reverse pitch. It doesn't go well, and Michigan State settles for a field goal.

Ameer Abdullah: Busts off a 29-yard run into Michigan State territory. The Husker drive stalls after two missed passes. NU fails to pin the Spartans inside their 10, however, when cornerback Daniel Davie commits a 15-yard kick catch interference penalty.

Mike Sadler: Michigan State's punter hits a grade-A chip shot to the Husker 5. The ball bounces back to the 7. It pins NU and sets up a crucial stretch.

Armstrong: After NU gets a first down, it seems content with running out the clock to halftime. But on third-and-11 with 1:10 left, the Huskers don't quite want to concede the drive. So Armstrong runs a quarterback draw. He fumbles and the Spartans recover.

Jeremy Langford: A hard-running first half for the Michigan State tailback finally pays off. With the clock ticking, he bulls 8 and 6 yards for a game-changing touchdown. Michigan State takes a 20-7 lead to half.

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THIRD QUARTER

Imani Cross: Returns to relevance in NU's backfield with a stunning 51-yard touchdown run right up the Spartans' gut. Cross zips by Calhoun — who's taking Armstrong on the zone read — and into the open field. He outruns Drummond to the end zone. Michigan State leads 20-14.

Kurtis Drummond: After MSU's drive fizzles in Husker territory, he saves a Sadler punt from going into the end zone. The Spartans down it at the NU 1.

Armstrong: Fumbles when he's hit by NU lineman Cole Pensick coming across to pull. The ball is kicked out to the NU 3, where the Spartans recover. It's Nebraska's fifth turnover.

Langford: Scores a 3-yard touchdown to extend the Spartans' lead to 27-14.

Abdullah: Hits the 100-yard mark — the first back to do so against Michigan State.

Bell: On third-and-9, he catches a jump ball for a 38-yard touchdown against Drummond. Nebraska cuts the lead to 27-21.

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FOURTH QUARTER

Sadler: Kicker Kevin Muma swings his leg on a field-goal attempt, but the holder — who’s also the punter — keeps the football. NU’s not ready for it. Sadler sneaks forward for 3 yards. He needed only 1 on the fourth-down fake.

Keith Mumphrey: Cook has just enough time to find Mumphrey streaking by Stanley Jean-Baptiste. The 27-yard touchdown pass puts Michigan State up 34-21 with 7:56 left.

Langford: He powers through the point of attack and sprints away from the NU defenders, cruising into the end zone for a 37-yard touchdown to make it 41-21 with 1:58 left.

Abdullah: He catches a pass over the middle on fourth down, makes a couple of guys miss and dives into the end zone for a 12-yard score. But only 10 seconds remain. Michigan State leads 41-28.

Contact the writer: Rich Kaipust

rich.kaipust@owh.com    |   402-444-1042    |  

Rich Kaipust is a staff writer for The Omaha World-Herald and covers Nebraska football and some general assignment tasks, including the College World Series and U.S. Olympic Swim Trials.

Contact the writer: Sam McKewon

sam.mckewon@owh.com    |   402-219-3790    |  

Sam McKewon covers Nebraska football for The World-Herald. Got a tip, question or rant? Good. Email him. Follow him on Twitter. Call him.

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