First Half Breakdown

Michigan State is looking to win their final home game of the season against Purdue. Here is a quick breakdown on the first half action.

Emotions were running high as Mark Dantonio looked to send off seventeen seniors with a victory in their final home game. However, a few small mistakes has Purdue out in front 21-13 at the half.

Senior Sendoff

Spartan Nation gave the seventeen seniors a grand salute prior to the start of their final game in Spartan Stadium. Each senior saw a great response from the crowd, however, the sight of Spartan linebacker Greg Jones standing with his parents brought the crowd to their feet with the cheer worthy of one of the programs all-time greats.

Early Strike For Not

Kirk Cousins hit Mark Dell from 24 yards out for the first score of the game. Purdue did not waste any time fighting back as Keith Carlos would go 80 yards for a score making it 7-7. Next came mistake number one. Cousins, would look to get the Spartans back into scoring range but would see Ricardo Allen step in front of the pass and take it 35 yards for the score pushing Purdue ahead 14-7.

The Spartans fought back and with 11:10 left in the second quarter, Edwin Baker would go 19 yards for the score. Here is where mistake number two came into play. Dan Conroy missed the extra point and instead of the score being tied, Purdue kept a one point advantage.

The Boilermakers would look to gain a bigger advantage just before the half as Purdue quarterback Rob Henry hit Antavian Edison from eight yards out giving Purdue a 21-13 advantage after Carson Wiggs was good on the kick.

Baker Pushing 100

Sophomore running back Edwin Baker went to the locker room with 86 rushing yards as he looks to reach 100 again this season.


Andrew Maxwell became a surprise insertion for the Spartans after the Cousins interception. Maxwell would go 2-3-0 for 10 yards.

Spartans must slow down the Purdue offensive attack and eliminate mistakes if they are going to keep their home winning streak alive.

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