Northwestern 37, No.18 Mich St. 17
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) _ Danien Anderson ran for two long touchdowns and 219 yards Saturday, helping Northwestern beat No. 18 Michigan State 37-17 for the Wildcats’ second straight victory over a ranked team.
Northwestern (4-1, 2-0 Big Ten) also got three field goals from Tim Long and used its spread offense to keep Michigan State (3-1, 0-1) off balance early. The Wildcats then shifted to a ground game in the second half to use up time.
Northwestern, which beat then-No. 7 Wisconsin 47-44 in overtime last week in Madison, took a 23-10 halftime lead, thanks to three field goals from Long and its wide-open offense.
Michigan State was unable to convert several big plays into scores, and the Spartans had two costly fumbles.
The game was tied at 10 after the first quarter, with Northwestern’s Teddy Johnson catching a 39-yard scoring strike from Zak Kustok, and Michigan State’s T.J. Duckett countering with an 11-yard touchdown run.
Long kicked two field goals in the second quarter, and Andersen raced 32 yards for a touchdown.
Northwestern ran for 201 yards in the half, to only 63 for Michigan State as both teams used their pass attacks to register big gains and pose scoring threats.
Anderson scored again in the third quarter, breaking loose up the middle for a 41-yard run.