NCAAF Game Recap - Maryland at Michigan State
Sat Nov 30, 2019 3:30 PM EST

TxAM
7
LSU
50
F
OHSt
56
Mich
27
F
Clem
38
SCar
3
F
UGA
52
GATec
7
F
Ala
45
Aub
48
F
Colo
15
Utah
45
F
Okla
34
OkSt
16
F
FlaSt
17
Fla
40
F
Wisc
38
Minn
17
F
Bayl
61
Kans
6
F
Rut
6
PSU
27
F
OreSt
10
Oreg
24
F
ND
45
Stan
24
F
Cin
24
Mem
34
F
Iowa
27
Neb
24
F
Boise
31
ColSt
24
F
App
48
Troy
13
F
VaTec
30
UVA
39
F
Navy
56
Hou
41
F
Ohio
52
Akr
3
F
WestMI
14
NIU
17
F
Miss
20
MisSt
21
F
Kent
34
E Mi
26
F
Toled
7
C Mi
49
F
BGSU
7
Buff
49
F
MiaOH
27
Ball
41
F
TxTch
24
Tex
49
F
Mizzu
24
Ark
14
F
WaSt
13
Wash
31
F
WVU
20
TCU
17
F
ArkSt
30
SoAl
34
F
SoFL
7
UCF
34
F
TxSt
21
CoCar
24
F
Tuls
49
ECU
24
F
NW
29
Ill
10
F
Ind
44
Purd
41
F(1OT)
FLInt
27
Marsh
30
F OT
Lou
13
KY
45
F
Wake
30
Syr
39
F OT
Wyo
6
AF
20
F
MidTN
26
W Ky
31
F
Char
38
OD
22
F
NMSt
28
Lib
49
F
UNLV
33
Nev
30
F OT
Rice
30
UTEP
16
F
UConn
17
Temp
49
F
UTSA
27
LaTec
41
F
BC
26
Pitt
19
F
MD
16
MSU
19
F
SMiss
17
FlAtl
34
F
MiaFL
17
Duke
27
F
Tul
20
SMU
37
F
UtSt
38
NM
25
F
UAB
26
NorTx
21
F
Vand
10
Tenn
28
F
GASt
10
GaSo
38
F
IASt
17
K St
27
F
UNC
41
NCSt
10
F
ULMon
30
ULLaf
31
F
BYU
3
SDSU
13
F
Ariz
14
AzSt
24
F
Cal
28
UCLA
18
F
Fres
16
SJSU
17
F
Army
31
Hawaii
52
F

Nov 30, 2019, 3:30 PM EST

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Maryland (3-9)

7

0

9

0

16

Michigan State (6-6)

3

10

0

6

19

Michigan State bowl eligible after edging Maryland 19-16
Sat Nov 30, 2019 9:15 PM

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Michigan State players came out to meet reporters after the game with green hats that said “PROGRAM WIN” on the back.

It’s a far cry from the Big Ten championships the Spartans played for earlier in the decade, but they were able to save face a bit by beating Maryland and becoming bowl eligible.

“I think it’s about a four-dollar hat,” coach Mark Dantonio said. “I just felt like, hey, need to have something to hang on to, point towards. They didn’t get the hats until Friday.”

Matt Coghlin kicked a 33-yard field goal with 2:14 remaining, and Michigan State beat Maryland 19-16 on Saturday. It was hardly an impressive performance for the Spartans against a Maryland team that had lost eight of its previous nine games, but Michigan State did just enough late. The Spartans drove 74 yards in 12 plays to set up the decisive kick by Coghlin, who also made a 32-yard field goal earlier in the final quarter.

The Terrapins (3-9, 1-8 Big Ten) still had a chance after Michigan State (6-6, 4-5) took the lead, but Josh Jackson’s pass toward Chigoziem Okonkwo fell incomplete on fourth down from the Maryland 47. Xavier Henderson was providing tight coverage on the play for the Spartans.

Brian Lewerke threw for 342 yards for Michigan State but was intercepted twice in the first quarter. The Spartans had all sorts of trouble against Maryland, which had lost each of its previous four games by at least 31 points.

But Michigan State has missed the postseason just once under Dantonio, and the Spartans were able to win in the last home game for Lewerke and some other seniors.

“Obviously things didn’t go well the past couple years, but there are still memories I look back and I’m very proud of,” Lewerke said. “I tried to get as many handshakes in on the field as I could before I walked off. I just tried to enjoy every second of walking off the field.”

The Terrapins took a 16-13 lead in the third quarter on a 63-yard touchdown run by Anthony McFarland Jr., but Michigan State kept them off the scoreboard after that. McFarland finished with 134 yards on eight carries.

“I just did what I could do, seeing holes and just try to execute, making the best out of my plays,” he said.

Each team turned the ball over twice in the first half, and the Spartans were also stopped on fourth-and-1 from the Maryland 4-yard line. Lewerke’s 1-yard scoring run with 3:08 left in the second quarter gave Michigan State a 13-7 lead at halftime.

Another crucial turnover came toward the end of the third quarter. Maryland was up 16-13 and driving when Jackson lost the ball and Michigan State recovered at its own 27.

RARE FG

Maryland’s Joseph Petrino kicked a 33-yard field goal in the third quarter, just the second made field goal for the Terrapins this season. He later had an extra point blocked.

QUOTABLE

Dantonio said he did something similar with the hats in 2012, when Michigan State also won its last regular-season game to make it to a bowl.

“We got it done in ’12, and I thought that this was a must-win for our football team and our program, just to get back to .500,” he said. “It’s not been an especially enjoyable year, but it’s been enjoyable being around our football team and our players.”

THE TAKEAWAY

Maryland: This was certainly more competitive than Maryland had looked for much of this season, but aside from McFarland, the Terrapins offered little offensively. They scored 142 points in their first two games of the season and 161 in the final 10.

“There’s no doubt that we still have a lot of work to do,” coach Michael Locksley said. “We closed the chapter to this season and look forward to getting this thing fixed and heading in the right direction. We won��t shy away from the work.”

Michigan State: Dantonio said this week that becoming bowl eligible was basically the minimum standard for his team, and this win felt like that. It was a lot tougher than it needed to be.

UP NEXT

Maryland: The Terrapins’ season is over.

Michigan State: The Spartans await a bowl bid.

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Passing

MD Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
J. Jackson 27 11 40.7 1 141 44 1 54.7
T. Pigrome 1 1 100.0 0 11 11 0 112.5
MSU Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
C. White 1 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 39.6
B. Lewerke 41 30 73.2 0 342 32 2 77.5

Rushing

MD Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
A. McFarland Jr. 8 134 16.8 63 1
J. Leake 10 20 2.0 12 0
MSU Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
E. Collins 15 41 2.7 21 0
B. Lewerke 8 26 3.3 10 1

Receiving

MD Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
D. Demus Jr. 7 96 13.7 44 1
B. Cobbs 2 49 24.5 40 0
MSU Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
C. White 4 84 21.0 27 0
T. Mosley 8 73 9.1 19 0

Fumbles

MD F FL
J. Jackson 1 1
D. Demus Jr. 1 1
MSU F FL
M. Seybert 1 0

Returning

MD KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
L. Gater 2 19.0 0 19 0 - 0 0
A. McFarland Jr. 1 40.0 0 40 0 - 0 0
MSU KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
A. Williams Jr. 2 19.5 0 24 0 - 0 0

Punting

MD Punt Yds Avg LgPu
C. Spangler 3 141 47.0 60
MSU Punt Yds Avg LgPu
J. Hartbarger 2 94 47.0 53

Takeaways

MD Int Yds InTD
M. Lewis 1 0 0
D. Banks 1 7 0
MSU Int Yds InTD
J. Scott 1 0 0
A. Simmons 0 0 0

Team Stats Comparison

MD MSU
Points For 16 19
Total Yards 316 430
Rushing Yards 164 88
Passing Yards 152 342
Passing Completions / Attempts 12/28 30/42
Turnovers 3 2
Interceptions Thrown 1 2
Fumbles - Lost 2/2 1/0
First Downs 15 23
Penalties - Yards 2/5 4/40
Time Of Possession 7:07 53:53
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 1/11 8/16
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 0/3 0/1
Punts - Average Yards 3/47 2/47

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter MD MSU
MSU 4:37 FG Matt Coghlin 40 yd FG 0 3
MD 14:13 TD Dontay Demus Jr. 44 yd pass from Josh Jackson (Joseph Petrino kick) 7 3
2nd Quarter MD MSU
MSU 3:15 FG Matt Coghlin 36 yd FG 7 6
MSU 11:52 TD Brian Lewerke 1 yd run (Matt Coghlin kick) 7 13
3rd Quarter MD MSU
MD 2:13 FG Joseph Petrino 33 yd FG 10 13
MD 3:50 TD Anthony McFarland Jr. 63 yd run (blocked XP) 16 13
4th Quarter MD MSU
MSU 5:30 FG Matt Coghlin 32 yd FG 16 16
MSU 12:46 FG Matt Coghlin 33 yd FG 16 19

Game Information

Stadium: Spartan Stadium, East Lansing, Michigan
Attendance: 51,366
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