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NCAA Game Summary - Northwestern at Michigan State

(Saturday, October 17th)

Final Score: Michigan State 24, Northwestern 14

East Lansing, MI (Sports Network) - Kirk Cousins threw for 281 yards and a pair of touchdowns, as the Michigan State Spartans used a 17-point third quarter to down the Northwestern Wildcats, 24-14, in Big Ten action in East Lansing.

Cousins, who didn't start last weekend due to an ankle injury, completed 21- of-31 pass attempts, as MSU (4-3, 3-1 Big Ten) won its third game in a row. Blair White was the top option in the passing attack and he finished with 12 receptions for 186 yards and two touchdowns.

Mike Kafka led the way for the Wildcats (4-3, 1-2), converting on 34-of-47 tosses for 291 yards and two touchdowns. Zeke Markshausen had a big day with 16 catches that went for 111 yards and a score, while Andrew Brewer hauled in eight balls for 104 yards and a touchdown of his own.

The lone points of the first half came courtesy of a 15-yard scoring strike from Kafka to Brewer midway through the second quarter.

MSU, however, took over in the second half and scored 24-unanswered points to seize control of the game. The Spartans started their run with a touchdown pass early in the third quarter from Cousins to White from 22 yards. Cousins than connected with White from 47 yards away and that was followed with a 28- yard field goal by Brett Swenson on the last play of the third quarter. Just seconds into the fourth quarter, Larry Caper scurried 24 yards to paydirt to give the Spartans a 17-point lead.

The Wildcats responded with a one-yard touchdown pass from Kafka to Markshausen, but they would be held scoreless over the final 10 minutes of the 24-14 setback.

Coming into the game, Northwestern had won three straight Big Ten road games and two consecutive in East Lansing.

10/17 15:52:11 ET

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