Michigan State withstood a furious comeback from Oregon to win the top-10 matchup.
The action got underway quickly inside Spartan Stadium between the Oregon Ducks and Michigan State Spartans with both teams getting into the endzone in the first five minutes of play. However, Vernon Adams Jr. and the Ducks offense slowed down while Connor Cook and the Spartans offense began working much more methodically. After a Bralon Addison punt return for a touchdown early in the second half pulled the Ducks even, the Spartans rode their running backs in LJ Scott and Madre London and pulled away.
Cook and the Spartans pulled out to a relatively comfortable lead and almost were able to put things out of reach. However, the Ducks and Adams wouldn’t be denied. Adams played fearlessly, including a huge throw for first down to Byron Marshall, a touchdown run, some more big passes, and getting the Ducks within three points with the fourth quarter waning down. The Ducks got the ball back with just over two minutes remaining and Addison almost struck again, getting Oregon into Spartans territory. That drive starting promisingly, but Adams took a sack on third down to set up for fourth-and-long. With an incompletion, the Spartans took the ball and were able to run out the clock to secure the victory.
1. Madre London tore up the Ducks on the ground for Michigan State, finishing the night with 18 carries and 104 yards on the ground en route to the victory.
2. Bralon Addison had the 81-yard punt return for a touchdown, countless big plays, and finished with seven receptions for 138 yards, albeit in a losing effort
3. LJ Scott came up huge for the Spartans in their rushing attack as well. The freshman back racked up 76 yards on 11 carries and found his way into the end zone twice on the evening.
The Spartans were favored by three over the Ducks coming into this game. With the three-point victory, the game goes as a push against the spread. The two teams combined to score 59 points, which hit the under on the over/under of 65 points.
Michigan State will be at home again next week as they look to remain undefeated. They will welcome the Air Force Falcons for a noon ET start in East Lansing, MI.
Oregon will look to rebound from this big loss as they take on the Georgia State Panthers in Eugene, OR next week. That game will start at 2 p.m. ET.
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