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What just happened to Michigan State? Spartans fall to Nebraska on another questionable call by college officials.

Michigan State falls to Nebraska in another questionable college football officiating call that will have Spartan fans fuming and Husker fans cheering.

The clock struck midnight for the Michigan State Spartans on Saturday night as the Spartans fell 38-39 to Nebraska in another play that will be talked about for the next few days as Big Ten officials ruled Huskers wide receiver Brandon Reilly was forced out of bounds prior to catching the game winning catch and giving the Spartans their first loss of the season.

Watch the play everyone will be talking about on Sunday morning.

But as Michigan State fans have learned this season, things can happen good and now bad at an end of a game.  While fans will be quick to bring up the major fail of the officiating crew, many know the Spartans have lived on the edge for the majority of the season and things finally caught up to them.

From the start this game didn’t have a feel of being one of the Spartans best games.  The Huskers put the first ten points of the game on the board with a Drew Brown 44-yard field goal and a Tommy Armstrong Jr. 38-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Westerkamp.

But the Spartans bounced back and looked like they were coming out of their bye-week stupor as Michael Giacone would hit a 46-yard field goal and Connor Cook would hit MacGarrett Kings for a 34-yard touchdown strike making it 10-10.

But the Huskers had no plans of going away and got another Brown field goal putting them up 13-10 with 4:21 left in the second quarter.

The Spartans answered with another Cook to Kings strike giving the Green and White their first lead of the night 17-13 at the half.

The Huskers would take back the lead with a one-yard run by Imani Cross before it looked like the Spartans were ready to flex their muscle with two scores of their own on Cook’s arm and a 31-20 lead going into the fourth quarter.

All season the fourth quarter has seen MSU fight to survive and remain perfect and this game was no different as the Huskers would use Armstrong’s leg for a one-yard score to close the gap.  A failed two-point conversion left the Spartans up by five-points and with just over four-minutes remaining in the game, Spartan fans thought their team had just sealed their ninth win on the season when Gerald Holmes scored on a one-yard run putting MSU up 38-26.

But then things started falling apart as the Spartans gave up another Armstrong touchdown run with 1:47 left in the game and the offense failed to establish a game sealing drive going three-and-out and leaving Husker fans hope with 51-seconds remaining.

This is where a little bit of magic for the Huskers and the failed attempted of the Spartans defense collided as the Huskers would go 91-yards on four plays ending when Armstrong hit Reilly for the questionable touchdown to go up 39-38.  After another failed two-point attempt, the Huskers left Michigan State 14-seconds to find a way to come up with their own magic.  However, a Cook pass would sail out of bounds as time expired giving the Spartans their first loss of the season and leaving MSU fans wondering about how this team will be going forward.

While the loss may hurt the Spartans chances of making the College Football Playoffs, their destiny is in their hands with Ohio State two weeks out.  If the Spartans can run the table, they would grab at least a share of the division and spot in the Big Ten Championship game.

Michigan State Spartans at Nebraska Cornhuskers
Jan 1, 1 2 3 4 F
#6 MSU (8-1) 3 14 14 7 38
NEB (4-6) 10 3 7 19 39
Top Performers
PASS: Connor Cook - 23-37-4-1 - 335 yds
RUSH: Gerald Holmes - 22-117-1
REC: Aaron Burbridge - 10-164-1
Team Stats Comparison
First Downs 25 24
3rd Down Efficiency 8-14 6-12
4th Down Efficiency 1-2 1-1
Total Yards 491 499
Passing Yards 348 320
Rushing Yards 143 179
Penalties-Penalty Yards 8-76 5-55
Turnovers 2 1
Time of Possession 32:25 27:35
Scoring Summary
7:10 (NEB) Drew Brown 44 yd FG 0 3
2:07 (NEB) Westerkamp, J 38 yd PASS from Armstrong - PAT Good 0 10
00:30 (MSU) Michael Geiger 46 yd FG 3 10
11:35 (MSU) Kings, M. 34 yd PASS from Cook - PAT Good 10 10
4:21 (NEB) Drew Brown 43 yd FG 10 13
00:17 (MSU) Kings, M. 18 yd PASS from Cook - PAT Good 17 13
12:31 (NEB) Cross, Imani 1 yd Rush - PAT Good 17 20
9:13 (MSU) Burbridge, A. 33 yd PASS from Cook - PAT Good 24 20
2:14 (MSU) Lyles, Jamal 16 yd PASS from Cook - PAT Good 31 20
13:06 (NEB) Armstrong Jr. 2 yd Rush 2pt Fail 31 26
4:16 (MSU) Holmes, Gerald 1 yd Rush - PAT Good 38 26
1:47 (NEB) Armstrong Jr. 1 yd Rush - PAT Good 38 33
00:17 (NEB) Reilly, Brandon 30 yd PASS from Armstrong - 2pt Fail 38 39
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