Boxscore
Northwestern 23, Michigan State 20
Saturday, November 17, 2012 12:00 PM
Location - Spartan Stadium
Attendance - 75101

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Northwestern 3 3 14 3 23
Michigan State 2 3 8 7 20

Recap


Northwestern 23, Michigan State 20:
David Nwabuisi returned an interception for a touchdown and Jeff Budzien kicked a go-ahead field goal midway through the fourth quarter as the visiting Wildcats ended a four-game losing streak to the Spartans.

One week after a last-second loss to Michigan cost it a shot at a Big Ten title, Northwestern (8-3, 4-3 Big Ten) defeated Michigan State despite being dominated in most statistical categories. The Wildcats were outgained by 116 yards (419-303), lost the time of possession battle (34:19-25:41) and were outrushed by a 122-57 margin.

It was more of the same for the Spartans (5-6, 2-5), who have lost five conference games by a total of 13 points.

After Michigan State tied it at 20-20 on Andrew Maxwell's 6-yard touchdown pass to Tony Lippett with 9:22 to play, Budzien's third field goal - a 27-yarder - gave the Wildcats a 23-20 lead with 7:30 remaining. The Michigan State defense forced Northwestern to punt with less than two minutes left, but the Spartans turned the ball over on downs when Dion Sims dropped a pass on fourth-and-10.

Maxwell finished 22-of-46 for 297 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions for the Spartans, who need to defeat Minnesota next week to become bowl eligible in a season which began with Big Ten title aspirations.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Northwestern's defense threw Le'Veon Bell for a three-yard loss on fourth-and-goal late in the first half, keeping the Spartans' lead at 5-3. ... Kain Colter started the game and was 13-of-20 for 81 yards before Trevor Siemian entered late in the half. ... Bell managed just 2.9 yards per carry in the first half (18 carries for 52 yards).

SCORING
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter - 8:53
Northwestern   FG  Michigan State 0 - Northwestern 3
1st Quarter - 2:43
Michigan State   S  Michigan State 2 - Northwestern 3
2nd Quarter - 12:52
Michigan State   FG  Michigan State 5 - Northwestern 3
2nd Quarter - 0:41
Northwestern   FG  Michigan State 5 - Northwestern 6
3rd Quarter - 14:06
Northwestern   TD  Michigan State 5 - Northwestern 13
3rd Quarter - 9:43
Michigan State   TD  Michigan State 13 - Northwestern 13
3rd Quarter - 7:11
Northwestern   TD  Michigan State 13 - Northwestern 20
4th Quarter - 9:22
Michigan State   TD  Michigan State 20 - Northwestern 20
4th Quarter - 7:30
Northwestern   FG  Michigan State 20 - Northwestern 23
TEAMS

Team Records

  Northwestern Michigan State
W/L 8 - 3 - 0 5 - 6 - 0
Conference 4 - 3 - 0 2 - 5 - 0

Team Stats

  Northwestern Michigan State
Score 23 20
First Downs 17 23
3rd Down Efficiency 3-for-14
21%
8-for-17
47%
4th Down Efficiency 0-for-0
0%
0-for-2
0%
Total Yards 303 419
Rushing
Rushes-Net Yards 27-57 39-122
Average/Rush 2.1 3.1
Passing
Comp-Att 26-43 22-47
Passing Yards 246 297
Average/Pass Play 5.6 5.9
Penalties-Yards 3-25 2-21
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 2-2
Interceptions Thrown 0 2
Time of Possession 25:41 34:19

PLAYER STATS

Northwestern (8 - 3)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
T. Siemian 13/23 165 0 0
K. Colter 13/20 81 1 0
Michigan State (5 - 6)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
A. Maxwell 22/46 297 2 2
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
K. Colter 6 28 4.7 0
M. Trumpy 7 13 1.9 0
T. Jones 4 10 2.5 0
V. Mark 6 7 1.2 0
T. Siemian 1 4 4.0 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
L. Bell 32 133 4.2 0
K. Mumphery 2 8 4.0 0
A. Maxwell 4 -19 -4.8 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
D. Vitale 9 110 12.2 0
R. Lawrence 6 40 6.7 0
C. Jones 3 39 13.0 0
T. Jones 3 29 9.7 0
D. Fields 3 21 7.0 0
T. Riley 1 6 6.0 1
V. Mark 1 1 1.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
D. Sims 5 102 20.4 0
K. Mumphery 6 79 13.2 0
A. Burbridge 4 47 11.8 1
B. Fowler 3 31 10.3 0
T. Lippett 2 17 8.5 1
D. Arnett 1 12 12.0 0
L. Caper 1 9 9.0 0
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