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Michigan State 23, Illinois 15

By GAVIN GOOD
Associated Press

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Payton Thorne threw for 182 yards and two touchdowns as Michigan State ended a troubling week where eight players were suspended for a post-game fight with Michigan last week by defeating No. 14 Illinois 23-15.

The Spartans (4-5, 2-4 Big Ten) stopped the Illini five times on fourth down to end a three-game losing streak.

The eight Michigan State players were suspended for for the fight, which happened as both teams headed up the same tunnel toward their locker rooms.

Despite their absences, the Spartans were able to hang tough on the road against a ranked opponent - and throw a little chaos in the Big Ten West race.

Spartans wideout Jayden Reed got loose for a 16-yard touchdown reception for a 23-7 lead with 2:57 to go and the defense did enough to halt a late comeback effort. Quarterback Tommy DeVito and the Illini (7-2, 4-2 Big Ten) stalled at the Spartans' 25 when time expired.

The win keeps Michigan State's bowl hopes alive with three games left, including home matchups against Big Ten East stragglers Rutgers and Indiana.

The Illini turned the ball over on downs three times in the red zone and went a combined 7 of 23 on third and fourth down attempts. Michigan State converted on its only fourth down try.

Illinois took a 7-0 lead when Isaiah Williams followed a pair of big blocks and juked a couple of defenders on his way to a 60-yard touchdown reception seven minutes into the game.

The Spartans got on the board in the second quarter with a 21-yard field goal from Ben Patton before Thorne completed a 1-yard touchdown pass to Tre Mosley to cap a seven-play, 61-yard drive to put Michigan State up 9-7 after a missed point after attempt.

Xavier Henderson forced a fumble from Brown on a big gain and Aaron Brule recovered to preserve a 9-7 Spartans lead they would take into the half.

Michigan State started in prime position at the Illinois 29 when Hugh Robertson's punt traveled just six yards after it hit a teammate. Thorne completed a nine-yard pass to Jalen Berger to extend the drive before Jarek Broussard scored on an 11-yard run to stretch the Spartans' lead to 16-7 with 5:45 left in the third.

Illinois responded with an eight-play, 56-yard drive capped by a seven-yard Isaiah Williams touchdown reception to pull within eight points with 14:27 to go.

DeVito completed 25 of 37 passes for 288 yards and two touchdowns and Brown rushed for 136 yards on 33 carries and moved into No. 3 all time on Illinois' career rushing list.

THE TAKEAWAY

Michigan State: A string of defeats and a chaotic week following the fight at Michigan could have been enough to tear this group apart, but the Spartans regrouped well to earn a key road win and keep their bowl hopes alive with two of three games at home to close the regular season.

Illinois: The Illini could have moved within one win of clinching the Big Ten West with a victory, but they remain in strong position as Purdue visits next week in a decisive conference tilt.

November 5, 2022


Scoring Summary
First Quarter MSUIll
Ill TD 8:03 Isaiah Williams 60 yard TD pass from Tommy DeVito (Caleb Griffin Extra Point) 0 7
MSU FG 1:36 Ben Patton 21 yard field goal 3 7
Second Quarter MSUIll
MSU TD 10:21 Tre Mosley 1 yard TD pass from Payton Thorne (Ben Patton Kick Failed) 9 7
Third Quarter MSUIll
MSU TD 5:45 Jarek Broussard 11 yard TD run (Ben Patton Extra Point) 16 7
MSU TD 2:57 Jayden Reed 16 yard TD pass from Payton Thorne (Ben Patton Extra Point) 23 7
Fourth Quarter MSUIll
Ill TD 14:27 Isaiah Williams 7 yard TD pass from Tommy DeVito (Tip Reiman 2pt conversion attempt is GOOD) 23 15
Team Stats
  Michigan State Illinois
First downs 17 27
  Rushing 7 10
  Passing 9 14
  Penalty 1 3
3rd Down Efficiency 3-11, 27% 7-17, 41%
4th down efficiency 1-1, 100% 1-6, 17%
Rushes-Yards 29-112 47-153
Passing Yards 182 288
Return Yards 8 23
Completions-Attempts-Int 19-29-1 25-37-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 1-6 3-18
Punts 5 3
Fumbles Lost 1-0 3-1
Penalties - Yards 7-77 4-39
Michigan State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
P. Thorne 19 29 182 2 1
Illinois Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
T. DeVito 25 37 288 2 0
Michigan State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
J. Berger 15 81 5.4 0
J. Broussard 3 13 4.3 1
E. Collins 4 10 2.5 0
P. Thorne 6 10 1.7 0
J. Reed 1 -2 -2.0 0
Illinois Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
C. Brown 33 136 4.1 0
R. Love III 5 23 4.6 0
J. McCray 3 4 1.3 0
T. DeVito 6 -10 -1.7 0
Michigan State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Reed 5 68 13.6 1
J. Berger 3 29 9.7 0
K. Coleman 2 26 13.0 0
J. Broussard 1 21 21.0 0
E. Collins 3 20 6.7 0
M. Carr 1 10 10.0 0
T. Hunt 3 7 2.3 0
T. Mosley 1 1 1.0 1
Illinois Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
I. Williams 5 98 19.6 2
B. Hightower 3 34 11.3 0
T. Reiman 4 29 7.3 0
C. Washington 2 27 13.5 0
L. Ford 2 26 13.0 0
P. Bryant 3 24 8.0 0
C. Brown 2 21 10.5 0
M. Marchese 1 17 17.0 0
J. McCray 2 12 6.0 0
H. Beatty 1 0 0.0
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Michigan State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Illinois Interceptions
Player Int Yards
S. Brown 1 0
Michigan State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
B. Baringer 5 248 49.6
Illinois Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
H. Robertson 3 63 21.0
Michigan State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Illinois Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
I. Williams 1 2 2.0
Michigan State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
T. Henry 1 8 8.0
Illinois Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
P. Vining 2 0 0
P. Bryant 1 21 21.0
Michigan State Missed FG
Player Length
B. Patton 31
Illinois Missed FG
Player Length




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