Team Stats

  • Total Yards

    • NW 303
    • 419 MSU
  • Turnovers

    • NW 0
    • 4 MSU
  • Possession

    NW MSU
    33:51 25:23
  • 1st Downs

    • NW 17
    • 23 MSU

Game Information

Spartan Stadium (MI)
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Coverage: ESPN2
  • East Lansing, MI 48824
  • Line: MSU -6.5
Attendance: 75,101
11/17/2012 Associated Press

N'western takes lead in 4th, holds off Mich. St.

Jeff Budzien kicked a 27-yard field goal with 7:30 remaining, and Northwestern was able to hold on to this fourth-quarter lead, beating Michigan State 23-20 on Saturday.

Scoring Summary

ESPN21234T
Northwestern3314323
Michigan State238720
first QuarterNWMSU
FG
8:53
Jeff Budzien 24 yard field goal GOOD.
northwstrn drive: 13 plays 68 yards, 06:07 northwstrn fg, 6:07
30
SF
2:43
Kain Colter sacked in end zone by Max Bullough and William Gholston for a SAFETY.
northwstrn drive: 2 plays -2 yards, 00:42 northwstrn , 0:42
32
second QuarterNWMSU
FG
12:52
Dan Conroy 35 yard field goal GOOD.
michiganst drive: 12 plays 37 yards, 04:51 michiganst fg, 4:51
35
FG
0:41
Jeff Budzien 43 yard field goal GOOD.
northwstrn drive: 6 plays 16 yards, 00:47 northwstrn fg, 0:47
65
third QuarterNWMSU
TD
14:06
Andrew Maxwell pass intercepted by David Nwabuisi at the MchSt 43, returned for 43 yards for a TOUCHDOWN.
michiganst drive: 3 plays 12 yards, 00:54 michiganst int, 0:54
125
XP
14:06
Jeff Budzien extra point GOOD.
michiganst drive: 3 plays 12 yards, 00:54 michiganst int, 0:54
135
TD
9:43
Andrew Maxwell pass complete to Aaron Burbridge for 15 yards for a TOUCHDOWN.
michiganst drive: 8 plays 65 yards, 04:23 michiganst td, 4:23
1311
2PTC
9:43
Two-point conversion attempt, Andrew Maxwell pass to Keith Mumphery GOOD.
michiganst drive: 8 plays 65 yards, 04:23 michiganst td, 4:23
1313
TD
7:11
Kain Colter pass complete to Tim Riley for 6 yards for a TOUCHDOWN.
northwstrn drive: 7 plays 73 yards, 02:32 northwstrn td, 2:32
1913
XP
7:11
Jeff Budzien extra point GOOD.
northwstrn drive: 7 plays 73 yards, 02:32 northwstrn td, 2:32
2013
fourth QuarterNWMSU
TD
9:22
Andrew Maxwell pass complete to Tony Lippett for 6 yards for a TOUCHDOWN.
michiganst drive: 9 plays 60 yards, 04:06 michiganst td, 4:06
2019
XP
9:22
Dan Conroy extra point GOOD.
michiganst drive: 9 plays 60 yards, 04:06 michiganst td, 4:06
2020
FG
7:30
Jeff Budzien 27 yard field goal GOOD.
northwstrn drive: 8 plays 66 yards, 01:52 northwstrn fg, 1:52
2320

Research Notes

  • From Elias: Michigan State lost to Northwestern 23-20 on Saturday. All seven of Michigan State's Big Ten games have been decided by four points or fewer. The Spartans tie Columbia in 1971 as the only FBS teams to play seven consecutive games decided by four points or fewer in one season.

  • Michigan State now has 5 losses this season by 4 points or fewer, the most of any team. The only other team in the last 3 seasons with that many losses by 4 points or fewer in a season was Navy in 2011.

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