Michigan State scored a pair of touchdowns, and Penn State mustered just one, leading to a 27-10 lead for the visiting Spartans after three quarters.
Penn State could not take advantage of receiving the opening half kickoff. Instead, it punted on its first drive of the second half, before Christian Hackenberg fumbled to set up three-yard Jeremy Langford touchdown run. Tony Lippett then caught a 10-yard pass from Connor Cook before the Lions scored on a three-yard touchdown run from Akeel Lynch to cap a 10 play, 79-yard drive near the end of the quarter.
Michigan State is driving to start the fourth quarter. Hackenberg is 18 of 33 for 176 yards, while Cook is 8 of 18 for 123 yards. Langford has 21 carries for 86 yards, as the Spartans are outgaining the Lions 215-205.
The good news at halftime: After allowing 13 points in the first quarter, Penn State allowed none to No. 10 Michigan State in the second quarter.
The bad news at halftime: Penn State only mustered three points in the first 30 minutes of play, and threw away another chance at points.
The Lions trail, 13-3, at halftime. Sam Ficken connected on a 41-yard boot with 4:34 left in the half, but Christian Hackenberg's 15th interception of the year ended a Nittany Lion drive that started at the Michigan State 36 following an Anthony Zettel interception.
Penn State will receive the second half kickoff.
Lions' QB Christian Hackenberg is 12 of 12 for 106 yards and an interception, while back Akeel Lynch leads the team with six carries for 14 yards. Michigan State's Connor Cook has struggled, completing just 4 of 13 passes for 52 yards and an interception, and the Spartans are outgaining the Lions, 122-118.
Michigan State got off to a hot start here Saturday at Beaver Stadium. The visiting No. 10 Spartans returned the opening kickoff, and kicked a pair of field goals, to take a 13-0 lead after one.
The Lions (6-5) won the toss and deferred to the second half shortly after honoring 17 seniors. The Spartans' R.J. Shelton then took the opening kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown for a quick 7-0 lead.
Michigan State (9-2) then added a pair of field goals from Michael Geiger, one from 36 yards and the other from 39. Penn State's lone scoring chance came on a 51-yard Sam Ficken try, but it never had a chance as it skipped into the end zone.
After one, Michigan State has a 95-59 total yards advantage and a 61-4 edge on the ground. Penn State will have the ball to begin the second quarter.