NCAAF Game Recap - Michigan State at Northwestern
Sat Sep 21, 2019 12:00 PM EDT

Char
10
Clem
52
F
SMiss
7
Ala
49
F
ND
17
UGA
23
F
LSU
66
Vand
38
F
MiaOH
5
OHSt
76
F
Aub
28
TxAM
20
F
Tenn
3
Fla
34
F
Utah
23
USC
30
F
Mich
14
Wisc
35
F
OkSt
30
Tex
36
F
UCF
34
Pitt
35
F
Oreg
21
Stan
6
F
UCLA
67
WaSt
63
F
AF
19
Boise
30
F
OD
17
UVA
28
F
Wash
45
BYU
19
F
Cal
28
Miss
20
F
Colo
34
AzSt
31
F
SMU
41
TCU
38
F
Hou
31
Tul
38
F
FLInt
31
LaTec
43
F
MSU
31
NW
10
F
ULMon
20
IASt
72
F
Elon
7
Wake
49
F
WestMI
33
Syr
52
F
BC
30
Rut
16
F
UConn
3
Ind
38
F
Mor
21
Army
52
F
CoCar
62
UMass
28
F
ULLaf
45
Ohio
25
F
CenCt
29
E Mi
34
F
Troy
35
Akr
7
F
BGSU
20
Kent
62
F
SoAl
3
UAB
35
F
Wyo
21
Tuls
24
F
App
34
UNC
31
F
Lou
24
FlaSt
35
F
Temp
22
Buff
38
F
SCar
14
Mizzu
34
F
KY
13
MisSt
28
F
C Mi
12
MiaFL
17
F
NMSt
52
NM
55
F
WVU
29
Kans
24
F
W&M
7
ECU
19
F
Hamp
27
Lib
62
F
Wagn
7
FlAtl
42
F
GASt
34
TxSt
37
F(2OT)
SIU
28
ArkSt
41
F
Bayl
21
Rice
13
F
Ball
23
NCSt
34
F
UTSA
3
NorTx
45
F
SJSU
31
Ark
24
F
Nev
37
UTEP
21
F
Neb
42
Ill
38
F
SacSt
20
Fres
34
F
Toled
41
ColSt
35
F
UtSt
23
SDSU
17
F
C Ark
16
Hawaii
35
F

Sep 21, 2019, 12:00 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Michigan State (3-1)

7

7

10

7

31

Northwestern (1-2)

0

3

0

7

10

Lewerke's 3 TDs lead Michigan State over Northwestern 31-10
Sat Sep 21, 2019 5:36 PM

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) Michigan State was determined to get back on track following a stunning loss last week.

Brian Lewerke had three touchdown passes, Elijah Collins added a rushing TD and the Spartans bounced back with a 31-10 victory over Northwestern on Saturday.

Lewerke completed 18 of 31 passes for 228 yards, Collins had 76 yards rushing on 17 carries and tight end Matt Seybert had two TD receptions as Michigan State (3-1, 1-0 Big Ten Conference) snapped a three-game losing streak against the Wildcats (1-2, 0-1).

"I was very impressed with our workman-like attitude today," coach Mark Dantonio said. "If something negative happened, we just lined up and played."

Michigan State lost 10-7 to Arizona State last week after an apparent game-tying field goal was negated by penalty.

"We talked about last week, refocusing and getting back down to business, and that's what we did," said linebacker Joe Bachie, who had 13 solo tackles and an interception.

The win was the 110th for Dantonio at Michigan State, which makes him the winningest coach in program history. Dantonio, who had been tied with Duffy Daugherty, is 110-52 in 13 seasons.

"I think those are things you sit back at a later date and say, `OK, did this, did that,"' Dantonio said. "It's not an individual thing. There's just so many people working toward it."

Northwestern had its eight-game winning streak in Big Ten regular-season games snapped. The Wildcats had won 15 of 16 regular-season conference games.

Quarterback Hunter Johnson completed 15 of 26 passes for 88 yards with an interception before being pulled in the fourth quarter.

Running back Drake Anderson had 86 yards rushing on 16 carries with a touchdown.

"Really disappointed in the outcome," Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald said. "Like I told the guys in the locker room, I've had my nose bloodied before.

"Right now, offensively it's chicken-or-egg. Is it confidence or execution? Which one comes first? It's gotta be a combination of both."

The turning point came with just under two minutes left in the first half.

Trailing 7-3, Northwestern faced a third-and-20 from its own 48. Instead of playing it safe and punting to make Michigan State go the length of the field, Johnson forced a throw and was intercepted by Josiah Scott at the MSU 38.

The Spartans then put together an 11-play, 62-yard drive - capped by an 11-yard TD pass from Lewerke to Cody White - for a 14-3 halftime lead.

"That was big," Lewerke said. "I had a feeling we were gonna get the ball, but getting it on the 10-yard line versus the 30 or wherever Josiah picked it off is a big difference."

THE TAKEAWAY

Michigan State: The Spartans bounced back with a dominating performance. The defense contained the rushing game and repeatedly forced the struggling Northwestern offense into obvious passing situations.

"Opportunistic on offense and dominant on defense," Dantonio said.

Northwestern: To have any chance at repeating as Big Ten West champs, the offense must get turned around - and quickly. Johnson continues to struggle with consistency and a very conservative game plan by the coaches isn't helping him.

"We're giving up too many explosive plays," Fitzgerald said. "Not getting enough explosive plays. Not sustaining drives. We're typically a complimentary team and right now we're not playing that way.

"It's my fault. We've got to get it fixed and we're going to keep working at it."

NO SHOWER

About the only thing that didn't go right for Michigan State was the players' plan to celebrate Dantonio's record.

"We wanted to pour some water on him, but they dumped out the coolers before we could," Lewerke said. "That kind of sucks."

DENIED

Trailing 7-0 in the first quarter, Northwestern running back Isaiah Bower appeared to score on first-and-goal from the 7, but was ruled down a foot shy of the goal line. The Michigan State defense then stuffed three straight runs to get the ball back.

"Huge stop," Dantonio said. "That's like a turnover to me."

UP NEXT

Michigan State: Host Indiana on Saturday.

Northwestern: At No. 13 Wisconsin on Saturday.

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Passing

MSU Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
B. Lewerke 31 18 58.1 3 228 29 0 113.4
NW Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
H. Johnson 26 15 57.7 0 88 18 1 48.2
A. Smith 11 4 36.4 0 38 20 2 7.2

Rushing

MSU Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
E. Collins 17 76 4.5 13 1
C. Heyward 3 17 5.7 9 0
NW Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
D. Anderson 17 91 5.4 17 1
I. Bowser 13 39 3.0 21 0

Receiving

MSU Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
D. Stewart Jr. 5 77 15.4 27 0
C. White 4 70 17.5 29 1
NW Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
B. Skowronek 3 31 10.3 20 0
R. Chiaokhiao-Bowman 3 28 9.3 18 0

Fumbles

MSU F FL
C. White 2 1
NW F FL
A. Smith 1 0

Returning

MSU KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
B. Sowards 0 - 0 0 2 13.0 0 14
C. White 0 - 0 0 2 3.0 0 5
NW KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
J. Jefferson 0 - 0 0 1 19.0 0 19
K. McGowan 1 22.0 0 22 0 - 0 0

Punting

MSU Punt Yds Avg LgPu
J. Hartbarger 6 282 47.0 55
NW Punt Yds Avg LgPu
D. Kubiuk 6 213 35.5 44

Takeaways

MSU Int Yds InTD
J. Scott 1 0 0
D. Beesley 1 2 0

Team Stats Comparison

MSU NW
Points For 31 10
Total Yards 337 265
Rushing Yards 109 139
Passing Yards 228 126
Passing Completions / Attempts 18/31 19/37
Turnovers 1 3
Interceptions Thrown 0 3
Fumbles - Lost 2/1 1/0
First Downs 19 17
Penalties - Yards 5/47 3/25
Time Of Possession 14:14 46:46
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 6/15 8/20
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 1/1 1/4
Punts - Average Yards 6/47 6/36

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter MSU NW
MSU 3:18 TD Elijah Collins 5 yd run (Matt Coghlin kick) 7 0
2nd Quarter MSU NW
NW 0:47 FG Charlie Kuhbander 39 yd FG 7 3
MSU 14:36 TD Cody White 11 yd pass from Brian Lewerke (Matt Coghlin kick) 14 3
3rd Quarter MSU NW
MSU 10:19 TD Matt Seybert 8 yd pass from Brian Lewerke (Matt Coghlin kick) 21 3
MSU 14:57 FG Matt Coghlin 26 yd FG 24 3
4th Quarter MSU NW
MSU 2:26 TD Matt Seybert 7 yd pass from Brian Lewerke (Matt Coghlin kick) 31 3
NW 12:19 TD Drake Anderson 2 yd run (Charlie Kuhbander kick) 31 10

Game Information

Stadium: Ryan Field, Evanston, Illinois
Attendance: 40,114
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