It’s an offensive outburst by Michigan State’s standards in the first half today at Spartan Stadium.
MSU got two touchdowns in the first half for the first time in about a month, and the Spartans are tied 14-14 with Nebraska in a back-and-forth contest.
The Spartans got on the board first with a 10-play, 68-yard drive in the first quarter. MSU got three third-down conversions, then found the end zone on a shotgun draw to Le’Veon Bell for an 11-yard touchdown run.
Nebraska answered on its next possession. Taylor Martinez broke off a 59-yard run to get the Cornhuskers inside MSU’s 10. Three plays and two timeouts later, Martinez audibled and threw a 2-yard screen pass to Ameer Abdullah for a touchdown.
Early in the second quarter, the Spartans needed just four plays to pull back ahead. Bell ran for 41 yards on a third-and-1 to get into Nebraska territory, but a penalty pushed MSU back 15 yards. On the next play, QB Andrew Maxwell launched a 46-yard touchdown pass to Tony Lippett, splitting two Nebraska defenders with 6:56 left before halftime.
However, Martinez and the Huskers answered again shortly thereafter. The senior quarterback opted to keep the ball, bounced it outside, followed a huge block by receiver Kenny Bell and went 73 yards up the MSU sideline for the tying touchdown.
Martinez has 156 yards on eight carries, and hits two big runs are the longest allowed by the MSU defense all season. He’s also completed 8 of 16 passes for 52 yards.
Spartans running back Bell has 105 yards rushing. Maxwell is 6 of 14 for 89 yards. MSU has 208 yards to Nebraska’s 263.