Scores

Final

Purdue 0

(1-6, 0-3 Big Ten)

Michigan State 14

(6-1, 3-0 Big Ten)

Coverage: BTN

12:00 PM ET, October 19, 2013

Spartan Stadium (MI), East Lansing, MI

1 2 3 4 T
PUR 0 0 0 00
MSU 0 7 0 714

Top Performers

Passing: D. Etling (PUR) - 160 YDS, 1 INT

Rushing: J. Langford (MSU) - 24 CAR, 131 YDS

Receiving: C. Posey (PUR) - 5 REC, 50 YDS

Defense carries Spartans to 14-0 win over Purdue

Associated Press

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Denicos Allen returned a fumble 45 yards for a touchdown, and Michigan State's offense finally added an insurance score in the fourth quarter of a 14-0 win over Purdue on Saturday.

The Spartans didn't make it past the Purdue 32-yard line until the fourth, when receiver Tony Lippett threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Andrew Gleichert on a trick play.

Michigan State (6-1, 3-0 Big Ten Conference) remains atop the Legends Division but clearly has work to do with the toughest part of its schedule still to come. Purdue (1-6, 0-3) kept it close after being routed by Wisconsin and Nebraska in its first two conference games, but Paul Griggs missed two field goals.

The Spartans entered with the nation's top-ranked defense, and Allen opened the scoring in the second quarter with Michigan State's fifth defensive touchdown of the season. Max Bullough hit quarterback Danny Etling, the ball popped free, and Allen was able to scoop it up and score easily.

Purdue converted a fourth down thanks to a penalty, which gave the Boilermakers the ball at the Michigan State 34 with 9 seconds left in the second quarter. That was as far into opposing territory as either team advanced the ball in the first half, but Griggs was short on a 51-yard field goal attempt.

Griggs also came up short from 41 yards in the third quarter, and Michigan State scored again in the fourth. Connor Cook completed a pass to Macgarrett Kings for 25 yards on third-and-12, and a 26-yard catch-and-run by Josiah Price put the ball at the Purdue 7.

Two plays later, Lippett took the ball on what looked like an end-around, but he threw to an open Gleichert for a touchdown.

Cook went 13 of 25 for 107 yards, although at one point he had only 17 yards on eight completions. Etling was 14 of 25 for 160 yards, but he also threw a crucial interception in the end zone in the first quarter, after Purdue had reached the Michigan State 37 with a fourth-down conversion.

Jeremy Langford had 131 yards on 24 carries for Michigan State.

While the Spartans were sputtering offensively, punter Mike Sadler gave them a lift, landing three punts inside the 10-yard line.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
PUR
MSU
1st Downs1421
Total Yards226294
Passing160112
Rushing66182
Penalties3-302-14
3rd Down Conversions5-155-13
4th Down Conversions1-11-1
Turnovers20
Possession28:5931:01

Passing Leaders

PurdueC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Etling14/251606.401
Michigan StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Cook13/251074.300

Rushing Leaders

PurdueCARYDSAVGTDLG
Hunt9434.8011
Cottom12393.3014
Michigan StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Langford241315.5018
Cook6274.5010

Receiving Leaders

PurdueRECYDSAVGTDLG
Posey55010.0013
Hunt33612.0043
Michigan StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Lippett5499.8018
Kings Jr.22914.5025

Scoring Summary

SECOND QUARTERPURMSU
TD10:17Denicos Allen 45 Yd Fumble Return (Michael Geiger Kick) 07
FOURTH QUARTERPURMSU
TD08:55Andrew Gleichert 5 Yd Pass From Tony Lippett (Michael Geiger Kick) 014