Coming off their biggest win of the season last Saturday against Wisconsin, Michigan State is off to a slow start in another key Big Ten clash versus Nebraska. The Spartans trail the Cornhuskers 10-0 after one quarter of play in Lincoln.
MSU quarterback Kirk Cousins threw an interception on the sixth play of the game. Defensive back Lance Thorell picked Cousins off at midfield and returned the ball to the Spartans’ 25-yard line.
With a short field, Nebraska scored the first touchdown of the game on a seven-play drive. Tailback Rex Burkhead rushed for 18 yards on the drive, ending it with a one-yard scoring run.
On Nebraska’s third possession of the game, a 39-yard run by receiver Tim Marlowe moved the Cornhuskers to the MSU one-yard line. Nebraska was working with a short field after a poor punt by Mike Sadler. The Spartans’ defense held tough after Marlowe’s big run, however, keeping Nebraska out of the end zone on three running plays and forcing the Huskers to settle for a field goal.
Nebraska has the ball as the second quarter begins.