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NCAA Game Summary - Northwestern at Michigan State

(Saturday, October 6th)

Final Score: Northwestern 48, Michigan State 41 (OT)

East Lansing, MI (Sports Network) - C.J. Bacher threw for a career-high 520 yards and five touchdowns, sending the visiting Northwestern Wildcats to a 48-42 overtime victory over the Michigan State Spartans in a Big Ten shootout at Spartan Stadium.

Bacher did his damage on 38-of-48 accuracy for Northwestern (3-3, 1-2 Big Ten), and he found Omar Conteh for a game-winning 12-yard touchdown pass in the extra session. Conteh rushed for 70 yards and two touchdowns, in addition to his 72 receiving yards on five catches, which included the game-winner. Eric Peterman finished with nine catches for 141 yards and a touchdown.

For Michigan State (4-2, 0-2), Javon Ringer rushed for 185 yards and three scores. Brian Hoyer completed 17-of-31 passes for 194 yards and a touchdown.

Northwestern marched right down the field on the opening possession, as Conteh found the end zone on an 11-yard scamper.

Michigan State responded with a 10-play, 65-yard drive, capped off by a one- yard touchdown run by Jehuu Caulcrick, although the extra-point was blocked.

Later in the opening quarter, Conteh scored again, this time on a nine-yard run to give the Wildcats a 13-6 lead.

The Spartans opened the second quarter with a four-yard touchdown run by Ringer to knot the score at 13 apiece.

The score would remain that way until the final seconds of the half, when Bacher connected with Ross Lane for a nine-yard touchdown.

The Spartans opened the second half with a 55-yard drive, resulting in a one- yard touchdown by Caulcrick.

But Northwestern answered right back, as Bacher found Jeff Yarbrough for a 78- yard bomb to give the Wildcats a 27-20 lead.

One minute later, it was Ringer finding the end zone for Michigan State on a 47-yard run.

Bacher tossed a one-yard touchdown pass to Lane at the 12:49 mark of the fourth quarter, giving Northwestern a 34-27 lead.

But on the first play of the ensuing possession, Ringer broke off an 80-yard touchdown run to again tie the score.

The Wildcats again responded with a 70-yard touchdown pass from Bacher to Peterman on the third play of their next possession.

Michigan State tied the game on a 19-yard touchdown pass from Hoyer to Eric Andino with 9:57 to play in regulation.

Northwestern failed to seal the win in regulation with two botched field goal attempts (one block, one miss), though the Wildcats defense iced the game by forcing four straight incompletions on Michigan State's overtime possession.

The Wildcats were once again without tailback Tyrell Sutton, who missed his fourth straight game with an ankle injury. With the victory, the Wildcats avenged last year's 41-38 loss to Michigan State in which the Spartans set an NCAA record by erasing a 35-point deficit.

10/06 17:37:24 ET

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