Oregon Ducks 7-0-7-14 — 28
Michigan State Spartans 7-7-7-10 — 31
The Spartans can cross one of two teams off their list. The Spartans lost early last season to the Ducks and wanted redemption in this game. The Michigan State defense continued to come up with key stops to push the Spartans to a victory at home in East Lansing.
It was a difficult night for Vernon Adams and Oregon but the Ducks still had an opportunity to win the game on their last drive. The Spartans defense proved to be too much. Adams finished 22-of-39 for 309 yards, two interceptions and one touchdown.
Here are the highlights of how the Spartans got the victory:
Oregon Scored an Early Touchdown
Oregon marched down the field on the very first drive of the game. Adams looked calm and the injury does not seem to be bothering him. Royce Freeman punched in the touchdown.
Michigan State Answered With a Touchdown of Their Own
Michigan State answered by scoring quicker than Oregon even did. The long rush above led to a touchdown pass from Connor Cook.
Adams Threw Two Early Interceptions
Adams had a rough first half after his very first scoring drive. In the first half, he was 13-of-22 for 173 yards along with two interceptions.
Oregon Scored on a Punt Return at the Beginning of the 3rd Quarter
Bralon Addison scored on this 81-yard punt return early in the third quarter. The touchdown tied the game at 14-14.
Michigan State Capitalized on 4th Down Converstion
After converting on the above 4th and six play, the Spartans scored another touchdown to take back the lead. Midway through the third quarter the Spartans led 21-14.
Oregon Answered With Their Own 4th Down Conversation
Oregon took Michigan State’s blueprint and did the same thing. They capitalized on a 4th down conversion then ran it in for a touchdown.
The Ducks Scored a Late Touchdown
Byron Marshall caught this 15-yard touchdown pass to bring the Ducks within three points with three minutes remaining.
The Michigan State Defense Came Up With a Crucial Stop
Oregon had the ball at midfield with an opportunity to either score a game winning touchdown or tie the game with a field goal. It was the defense throughout the night that continued to come up with crucial stops.
Michigan State has been eyeing this game since the beginning of last season. This time, the Ducks have to head to East Lansing to take on the Spartans. Keep it here for live score updates, stats, highlights and analysis during the game.
Oregon defeated Michigan State 46-27 last season in Eugene. This is a new season and Oregon is replacing Heisman Trophy quarterback Marcus Mariota with transfer Vernon Adams. Adams led the Ducks to victory last week against Eastern Washington where he was the quarterback last season. This week will provide the transfer quarterback with his first big test with the Ducks.
Connor Cook is back at quarterback for Michigan State who is coming off a great 2014 season where they finished 11-2. Their only losses were to Oregon and Ohio State, two of the four College Football Playoff teams. The Spartans survived a late comeback from Western Michigan last week and ended up with a 37-24 victory