Penn State tumbles to No. 16 after last-second loss to Michigan State

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Penn State tumbles to No. 16 after last-second loss to Michigan State

After a long weather delay, three Trace McSorley interceptions and a first half in which Saquon Barkley rushed for zero yards, Penn State still had a chance to beat Big 10 foe Michigan State in East Lansing.

However, with the score locked at 24-24, quarterback Brian Lewerke and the Spartans put together a 62-yard drive to set up a game-winning field goal with four seconds left and all but end Penn State's College Football Playoff hopes. The Nittany Lions' (7-2) 27-24 loss dropped them nine spots to No. 16 in the latest AP poll after spending the entire season in the top 10.

Elsewhere in the Big 10, then-No. 6 Ohio State (7-2) got blown out at Iowa and tumbled to No. 11 in the poll. Unbeaten Wisconsin (9-0) dropped two spots to No. 6 despite a 45-17 drubbing of Indiana and is now the only Big 10 team in the top 10.

Alabama (9-0) and Georgia (9-0) remained No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, in the AP Top 25, while Notre Dame (8-1), Clemson (8-1) and Oklahoma (8-1) moved up to Nos. 3, 4 and 5, respectively, after wins Saturday. 

In the College Football Playoff rankings, Georgia was ranked No. 1 last week, followed by Alabama, Notre Dame and Clemson. The newest rankings come out Tuesday evening.

Penn State will look to get back on track next week at home against Rutgers.

Penn State falls to Northwestern for 2nd straight loss

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Penn State falls to Northwestern for 2nd straight loss

BOX SCORE

ROSEMONT, Ill. — Vic Law had 18 points and Scottie Lindsey scored 13 to lead Northwestern to a 70-61 victory over Penn State on Saturday afternoon.

Dererk Pardon added 12 points and Bryant McIntosh 10 for the Wildcats (12-9, 3-5 Big Ten), who snapped a two-game skid.

Shep Garner scored 22 points and Lamar Stevens added 13 for the Nittany Lions (13-8, 3-5), who have lost five of eight.

Northwestern used an 11-0 run to pull ahead 66-59 with 3:26 left in the game.

Pardon scored the run's first six points - with two dunks. Law followed with a 3 and McIntosh capped the run with a jumper. Gavin Skelly made two free throws with 27.5 seconds remaining to seal it.

Penn State went without a field goal over the final 10:37. The Nittany Lions shot 37 percent in the second half after shooting 68 percent before the break.

Penn State's Tony Carr was averaging 19.6 points per game to rank second in the Big Ten but finished with just eight points.

The Nittany Lions beat the visiting Wildcats 78-63 two weeks ago.

Law's 3 gave Northwestern its first lead at 24-23 and capped an 11-2 run. Penn State led 35-33 at halftime after Garner nailed two 3s in the final two minutes. He had 17 points and was 5 for 6 beyond the arc at the break.

The Nittany Lions led by as much as nine in the first half.

Northwestern has won seven of its last 11 games against Penn State.

Big Picture
Penn State: The Nittany Lions have had to adjust without their top defender Josh Reaves, who has been suspended for academic reasons. They fell to 1-3 without Reaves.

Northwestern: The Wildcats have faltered after going to the NCAA Tournament last season for the first time in school history. The schedule doesn't get easier - the Wildcats play five of their next six games on the road.

Up Next
Penn State is at No. 22 Ohio State on Thursday.

Northwestern is at Minnesota on Tuesday.

Penn State comes up short in overtime

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Penn State comes up short in overtime

BOX SCORE

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Dupree McBrayer scored 14 of a career-high 24 points in the second half and overtime and Minnesota beat Penn State 95-84 on Monday night.

Nate Mason added 25 points and Jordan Murphy scored 22 and grabbed 19 rebounds for the Golden Gophers (14-6, 3-4 Big Ten) who snapped a three-game losing streak.

Tony Carr scored 33 points, Mike Watkins added 20 and 11 rebounds and Lamar Stevens chipped in 12 for Penn State (13-7, 3-4).

Minnesota made 53 percent of its field goals on 35-for-66 shooting. That included a 10-for-17 pace from 3-point range with three coming in overtime after the Golden Gophers gave up a 13-point lead with 8:56 to play.

McBrayer hit a jumper then to put Minnesota up with its largest lead of the game at 63-50 but Penn State raced back with a 15-2 run. Mike Watkins capped Penn State's surge with his second steal, sprinted the other way for a dunk that tied it 65.

The teams traded baskets down the stretch before Carr sank a 3-pointer with three seconds left to make it 74-all and force overtime.

Big Picture
Minnesota: The Golden Gophers needed some positive energy. Losers of three straight since star Reggie Lynch was suspended and talented sophomore Amir Coffey was hurt, a win to kick off an East Coast road trip featuring three games in six days should boost their morale.

Penn State: The Nittany Lions need Josh Reaves back. They looked listless at points in this one without arguably their most fiery player. Notably, Penn State has allowed nearly 10 more points per game with their best defender suspended for academic reasons.

Up Next
Minnesota travels to Maryland on Thursday.

Penn State travels to Northwestern on Saturday.