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No. 22 Michigan State beats Maryland 17-7 in the snow

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Mark Dantonio sounded ready for a relaxing night by the fireplace after Michigan State's snowy victory over Maryland.

''We should've brought some hot chocolate in here,'' the Spartans' coach said to start his postgame news conference.

Dantonio's team has played some of its best football this year in unusual weather conditions, and on Saturday night, No. 22 Michigan State held off Maryland 17-7. LJ Scott ran for 147 yards and a touchdown on a day the Spartans completed only two passes and still won.

''I think we had a little bit of everything out on that field today from a weather standpoint,'' Dantonio said. ''We had fog this morning, then we had the wind and the rain. Then it went to snow . ... I thought the field was in good shape when we got there, but it dissipated pretty quickly.''

The Spartans (8-3, 6-2 Big Ten, No. 17 CFP) rushed for 271 yards, and that was about the only way they could move the ball. Quarterback Brian Lewerke was 2 of 14 for 20 yards, and one of his completions was a shovel pass late in the third quarter.

Maryland (4-7, 2-6) wasn't much better through the air until the final period. Max Bortenschlager finished 13 of 25 for 121 yards. He was taken out of the game in the third quarter but came back strong at the end.

''I was proud of Max, coming back in the fourth. We were able to throw the ball and move the ball a little bit,'' coach DJ Durkin said. ''We had some chances and we didn't execute when we needed to.''

Michigan State won in torrential conditions at Michigan on Oct. 7, then won at Minnesota the following week following a lightning delay. The Spartans beat Penn State on Nov. 4 in a game interrupted for over three hours by a weather delay.

It was raining before the game, and by halftime, the teams had to deal with snow in addition to consistently windy conditions. There wasn't any real snow accumulation on the field, but both teams had problems passing. Lewerke, who threw for 400 yards in back-to-back games earlier this season, wasn't going to be the man to lead this victory.

''Going in, we knew that they weren't the greatest run defense,'' Lewerke said. ''They had given up 50 or more explosive runs - which were, you know, runs of 10 or more yards. No matter if the weather was going to be good or not, we knew we were going to be able to run the ball.''

Scott gave Michigan State a 7-0 lead with a 2-yard run in the first quarter, and Lewerke scored on a 25-yard run in the second.

Michigan State's Matt Coghlin missed a field goal in the third quarter, but a penalty for running into the kicker gave him another chance, and he converted from 27 yards. That became crucial when Maryland's Lorenzo Harrison scored on a 4-yard run in the fourth and the Terps drove back into the red zone in the final minutes - but a missed field goal helped the Spartans close out the game.

THE TAKEAWAY

Maryland: The Terps have gone through significant injury problems at quarterback. Bortenschlager, who missed last week's loss to Michigan with an apparent head injury, was back, but the conditions made his job difficult. Maryland had a hard time stopping Michigan State's running game early, and this was not a good night to be trying to mount a rally.

Michigan State: The Spartans rebounded nicely from a 48-3 loss at Ohio State last weekend, and the running game delivered on a day when it was sorely needed.

SPARSE CROWD

The announced attendance was 70,216, but there appeared to be about a tenth of that in the stands by game's end. It was similar to the Penn State game, in which the Michigan State crowd was understandably thin because of bad weather.

''They were the passionate fans - those were the ones,'' Dantonio said. ''They embraced it. They had a little bit of will as well, to stay in the elements. So they should be congratulated, and the win is their win as well.''

DEFENSIVE EFFORT

The Terps were able to stay in the game thanks to their defense, which hung in there despite Michigan State's edge in time of possession. The Spartans had the ball for 34:38.

''We were bending but we weren't breaking,'' Maryland linebacker Jermaine Carter said. ''But they still had a lot of yards rushing. You've got to be better at that.''

POLL IMPLICATIONS

After a 3-9 season in 2016, the Spartans can call this season a significant step forward if they finish in the Top 25. That looks more likely now. If Michigan State can win next week and go 9-3 in the regular season, the Spartans could end up ranked no matter what happens in their bowl.

UP NEXT

Maryland: The Terps can no longer reach .500, but they'll try to finish on a positive note when they host Penn State next weekend.

Michigan State: The Spartans close the regular season at Rutgers.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 9:50
95-H.Darmstadter extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
17
Touchdown 9:50
2-L.Harrison runs 4 yards for a touchdown.
8
plays
74
yds
02:42
pos
6
17
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 1:37
4-M.Coghlin 27 yards Field Goal is Good.
12
plays
60
yds
07:12
pos
0
17
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 14:52
4-M.Coghlin extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
14
Touchdown 14:52
14-B.Lewerke runs 25 yards for a touchdown.
9
plays
90
yds
03:57
pos
0
13
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 7:48
4-M.Coghlin extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
7
Touchdown 7:48
3-L.Scott runs 2 yards for a touchdown.
12
plays
70
yds
05:27
pos
0
6
Team Stats
1st Downs 12 19
Rushing 5 15
Passing 6 1
Penalty 1 3
3rd Down Conv 5-15 5-14
4th Down Conv 0-0 0-0
Total Net Yards 193 291
Total Plays 56 65
Avg Gain 3.4 4.5
Net Yards Rushing 83 271
Rush Attempts 31 51
Avg Rush Yards 2.7 5.3
Net Yards Passing 110 20
Comp. - Att. 13-25 2-14
Yards Per Pass 4.4 1.4
Sacked - Yards Lost 4-11 0-0
Penalties - Yards 6-45 3-36
Touchdowns 1 2
Rushing TDs 1 2
Passing TDs 0 0
Other 0 0
Turnovers 0 2
Fumbles - Lost 0-0 2-2
Int. Thrown 0 0
Punts - Avg 8-41.0 7-37.3
Return Yards 53 53
Punts - Returns 1-2 0-0
Kickoffs - Returns 3-51 2-53
Int. - Returns 0-0 0-0
Kicking 1/2 3/3
Extra Points 1/1 2/2
Field Goals 0/1 1/1
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Maryland 4-7 00077
17 Michigan State 8-3 773017
110 PASS YDS 20
83 RUSH YDS 271
193 TOTAL YDS 291
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
M. Bortenschlager 18 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
52% 121 0 0 92.7
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
51.3% 1128 10 5 111.0
M. Bortenschlager 13/25 121 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
L. Harrison III 2 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
13 50 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
130 562 3
L. Harrison III 13 50 1 14
T. Johnson 6 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
10 35 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
129 805 5
T. Johnson 10 35 0 14
J. Funk 34 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 3 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
26 145 4
J. Funk 1 3 0 3
R. Brand 16 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
9 46 0
R. Brand 2 1 0 1
M. Bortenschlager 18 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 -6 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
65 15 2
M. Bortenschlager 5 -6 0 6
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
D. Moore 1 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
8 76 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
72 933 8
D. Moore 8 76 0 20
T. Jacobs 12 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 38 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
43 520 5
T. Jacobs 3 38 0 21
J. Davenport 9 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 4 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
9 102 0
J. Davenport 1 4 0 4
D. Turner 10 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 3 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 32 0
D. Turner 1 3 0 3
L. Harrison III 2 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
8 22 0
L. Harrison III 0 0 0 0
J. Funk 34 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 4 1
J. Funk 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
I. Davis 22 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
10-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-1 0 0.0
I. Davis 10-1 0.0 0
J. Carter Jr. 1 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
8-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-3 0 0.0
J. Carter Jr. 8-3 0.0 0
M. Tanyi 50 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-2 0 0.0
M. Tanyi 6-2 0.0 0
R. Davis 21 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
R. Davis 5-1 0.0 0
A. Richardson 20 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
A. Richardson 4-1 0.0 0
C. Walker 5 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
C. Walker 4-0 0.0 0
A. Brooks 25 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-5 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-5 2 0.0
A. Brooks 3-5 0.0 0
B. Kulka 96 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
B. Kulka 3-1 0.0 0
A. McLean 91 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
A. McLean 3-0 0.0 0
C. Burkett 92 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
C. Burkett 2-2 0.0 0
K. Opara 8 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
K. Opara 1-2 0.0 0
D. Savage Jr. 4 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-2 3 0.0
D. Savage Jr. 0-2 0.0 0
S. Cockerille 18 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
S. Cockerille 0-2 0.0 0
J. Jackson 7 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 3 0.0
J. Jackson 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
H. Darmstadter 95 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/1 1/1
SEASON FG XP
6/10 31/31
H. Darmstadter 0/1 0 1/1 1
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
W. Lees 88 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
8 41.0 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
57 39.1 2
W. Lees 8 41.0 2 58
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
T. Johnson 6 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 9.5 14 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
23 25.0 14 1
T. Johnson 2 9.5 14 0
J. Funk 34 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 32.0 32 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
8 20.3 32 0
J. Funk 1 32.0 32 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
D. Moore 1 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 2.0 2 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
13 11.0 2 0
D. Moore 1 2.0 2 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
B. Lewerke 14 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
14.3% 20 0 0 26.3
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
58.1% 2358 16 7 123.0
B. Lewerke 2/14 20 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
L. Scott 3 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
29 147 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
164 731 6
L. Scott 29 147 1 20
G. Holmes 24 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
11 64 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
63 226 0
G. Holmes 11 64 0 16
B. Lewerke 14 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 63 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
98 433 4
B. Lewerke 5 63 1 25
C. White 7 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
3 10 0
C. White 1 2 0 2
M. London 28 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 -1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
70 265 2
M. London 3 -1 0 1
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
Ma. Sokol 81 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 12 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
19 188 1
Ma. Sokol 1 12 0 12
D. Stewart Jr. 25 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 8 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
43 450 2
D. Stewart Jr. 1 8 0 8
T. Jackson 86 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
11 143 0
T. Jackson 0 0 0 0
G. Holmes 24 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
7 78 1
G. Holmes 0 0 0 0
F. Davis III 18 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
45 586 8
F. Davis III 0 0 0 0
N. Davis 84 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 9 0
N. Davis 0 0 0 0
L. Scott 3 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
17 107 1
L. Scott 0 0 0 0
C. White 7 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
30 407 2
C. White 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
J. Bachie 35 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-4 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-4 2 0.5
J. Bachie 6-4 0.5 0
K. Willekes 48 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-4 0 2.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-4 0 2.0
K. Willekes 5-4 2.0 0
D. Dowell 6 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 5 0.0
D. Dowell 5-0 0.0 0
J. Layne 2 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 1 0.0
J. Layne 5-0 0.0 0
D. Cooper 98 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
D. Cooper 4-1 0.0 0
C. Frey 23 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-3 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-3 0 0.5
C. Frey 4-3 0.5 0
A. Dowell 5 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
A. Dowell 3-2 0.0 0
A. Simmons 34 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
A. Simmons 3-0 0.0 0
K. Willis 27 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 1 1.0
K. Willis 2-0 1.0 0
M. Morrissey 10 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
M. Morrissey 1-2 0.0 0
T. Smith 15 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 0.0
T. Smith 1-0 0.0 0
A. Andrews 16 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
A. Andrews 1-0 0.0 0
M. Panasiuk 72 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
M. Panasiuk 1-0 0.0 0
G. Owens 41 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
G. Owens 0-1 0.0 0
R. Williams 99 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
R. Williams 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
M. Coghlin 4 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 2/2
SEASON FG XP
11/15 28/28
M. Coghlin 1/1 27 2/2 5
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
J. Hartbarger 25 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
7 37.3 3
SEASON NO AVG IN20
66 41.8 3
J. Hartbarger 7 37.3 3 54
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
A. Simmons 34 LB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 32.0 32 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 32.0 32 0
A. Simmons 1 32.0 32 0
C. Heyward 11 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 21.0 21 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
18 21.1 21 0
C. Heyward 1 21.0 21 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:54 MD 14 1:32 4 20 Punt
7:48 MD 35 2:32 5 17 Punt
4:44 MICHST 44 0:15 3 0 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:46 MD 19 1:21 3 63 Fumble
12:10 MD 1 3:28 6 15 Punt
5:02 MD 20 1:32 3 8 Punt
1:50 MD 19 0:48 3 6 Punt
0:19 MD 24 0:00 1 3 Halftime
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:15 MD 4 4:13 7 14 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
1:25 MD 42 1:15 3 4 Punt
12:32 MD 41 2:42 8 59 TD
6:16 MD 13 3:39 12 69 FG Miss
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:15 MICHST 31 5:27 12 69 TD
5:08 MICHST 13 0:14 3 0 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
4:23 MICHST 15 3:57 9 85 TD
13:19 MD 18 1:07 3 17 Fumble
8:30 MICHST 26 3:17 7 29 Punt
3:21 MICHST 31 1:22 3 9 Punt
0:53 MICHST 39 0:26 4 0 Punt
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:54 MICHST 28 1:23 4 12 Punt
8:49 MICHST 42 7:12 12 44 FG
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:51 MICHST 20 2:09 3 -1 Punt
9:43 MICHST 47 3:16 5 12 Punt
2:31 MICHST 20 1:52 5 10 Game