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Minnesota Vs. Michigan State: Gophers Fall To Spartans, 31-24

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Minnesota At Michigan State Final: Gophers Fall To Spartans, 31-24

Minnesota Golden Gophers' quarterback MarQueis Gray played a fine game in East Lansing on Saturday afternoon against the Michigan State Spartans, but his last pass will have a lot of people wondering what he saw.

With no time outs left and the ball at the Minnesota 10-yard line, Gray drove the Gophers all the way down to the Michigan State 44-yard line with 14 seconds left on the clock. However, on the Gophers' final offensive play, he dropped back to throw, and fired one to the deep left side of the field. From the angle on television, it didn't look like there was a Gopher receiver within 20 yards of the pass, and it fell harmlessly into the arms of Trenton Robinson for his second interception of the day, sealing a 31-24 victory for the Spartans over the Gophers.

Gray, as I said, played an outstanding game this afternoon, completing 19-of-31 passes for 298 yards and three touchdown passes to Da'Jon McKnight, but he had the two key interceptions that turned into points for the Spartans.

The Gophers fall to Michigan State in East Lansing, 31-24. We will have more on this game over the course of the rest of the day.

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Minnesota At Michigan State Score Update: Spartans Take 31-24 Lead

After forcing the Minnesota Golden Gophers into a three-and-out, it didn't take the Michigan State Spartans long to find the end zone again.

Starting from their own 42, Kirk Cousins and company moved down to the Minnesota 35-yard line, where they were looking at a 3rd-and-1. Rather than trying anything fancy, Cousins simply turned around and handed the ball to tailback Le'Veon Bell, who threw a nice stiff arm on safety Christyn Lewis and sprinted to the end zone for a 35-yard touchdown run and a 31-24 Michigan State lead.

The Gophers just got a short kick return from Devin Crawford-Tufts, and will be starting out around their own 15-yard line.

With 10:53 remaining in the game from East Lansing, the Minnesota Golden Gophers trail the Michigan State Spartans by a score of 31-24. The Gophers have some work ahead of them if they want to pull off what would be a huge upset.

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Minnesota At Michigan State Score Update: Spartans Tie Gophers At 24

The Michigan State Spartans capitalized on MarQueis Gray's first truly bad pass of the afternoon, and they have tied the Minnesota Golden Gophers at 24 early in the fourth quarter in East Lansing.

On a third down play, Gray rolled out to his left and attempted to throw one across his body for first down yardage, but the pass was intercepted by Michigan State's Trenton Robinson at the Minnesota 41-yard line. It was the Gophers' first turnover of the afternoon, and the Spartans took advantage of it.

After an 18-yard pass for a first down, the Spartans' offense managed to gain just one more yard, and Kirk Cousins threw what should have been an interception in the end zone that was dropped by a Minnesota defender, but the Spartans had to settle for a 40-yard field goal from Dan Conroy that tied the score at 24.

Can the Gophers get their first victory over a ranked team on the road since their defeat of the Michigan Wolverines back in 2005? We'll have all of the updates for you right here as we try to find out!

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Minnesota At Michigan State Score Update: Gophers Open Third Quarter With Touchdown Drive

The Minnesota Golden Gophers got the ball coming out of the locker room at halftime, and put up another touchdown to take the lead back from the Michigan State Spartans.

Starting at their own 20-yard line after a touchback, the Gophers moved the 80 yards in 11 plays, with MarQueis Gray again showing some more growth as a quarterback, completing five out of six passes on the drive. The scoring play was a 15-yard pass to Da'Jon McKnight, the third time the pair has hooked up for a touchdown on the day.

Gray is easily having his best passing afternoon of the season, having completed 14-of-19 passes on the afternoon for 234 yards and three touchdowns on the afternoon thus far. McKnight, obviously, is also having a huge afternoon, with seven catches for 144 yards.

The Spartans are driving after an interesting sequence of events, but as things stand now, with 7:10 left in the third quarter of play, the Golden Gophers lead the Spartans by a score of 24-21.

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Minnesota At Michigan State Score Update: Spartans March For Touchdown, Take Halftime Lead

Well, it didn't take long for the Michigan State Spartans to respond to Minnesota's longest drive of the afternoon, as they marched down the field for a touchdown to take a 21-17 halftime lead.

Michigan State took over at their own 26, and Kirk Cousins and company went to work from there. Cousins completed six out of eight passes, including a big third down to Le'Veon Bell to move the Spartans down to the Minnesota 10-yard line. The Spartans got a pass interference penalty to move the ball down to the 2, and then Cousins found Todd Anderson for a 2-yard touchdown pass, with the extra point giving Sparty a 21-17 lead going into the locker room.

The Gophers have played a very strong first half of football, and they will get the ball first coming out of the locker room at halftime, so we will have to see if they can continue their momentum.

We're at halftime in East Lansing, with the Minnesota Golden Gophers trailing the Michigan State Spartans by a score of 21-17.

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Minnesota At Michigan State Score Update: Gophers Retake Lead, 17-14

The Minnesota Golden Gophers put together one of their longest and most impressive drives of the season in the second quarter against the Michigan State Spartans, but had to settle for a field goal.

Minnesota took over on their own 7-yard line with 9:29 left on the clock. They proceeded to methodically move the ball downfield, with quarterback MarQueis Gray completing five of six passes on the drive. Unfortunately, the one that fell incomplete was on a 3rd-and-4 from the Michigan State 10-yard line. It looked like Gray probably could have run for a first down, but his pass intended for Devin Crawford-Tufts in the end zone instead fell incomplete, and the Gophers were forced to settle for a 27-yard field goal by Jordan Wettstein to give them a 17-14 lead.

Michigan State is driving as we speak, as we approach the end of the first half of play in East Lansing, but for now the Gophers lead 17-14.

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Minnesota At Michigan State Score Update: Bell Ties Game At 14

The Minnesota Golden Gophers had a 14-7 lead over the Michigan State Spartans when the first quarter of play came to an end in East Lansing. Unfortunately, it only took Sparty one play to tie the game up once the second quarter got underway.

The Spartans had gotten down to the Gophers' 1-yard line as the clock ran out on the opening quarter of play, and have punched it into the end zone on a 1-yard run by running back Le'Veon Bell. The subsequent extra point has tied the game at 14 with 14:57 left in the first quarter of play.

Thus far, Gophers' quarterback MarQueis Gray has completed 4-of-6 passes for 97 yards and two touchdowns. Both of the scoring passes have gone to Da'Jon McKnight, a 64-yarder on the Gophers' first drive, and a 13-yarder after a Michigan State turnover.

One play into the second quarter in East Lansing, the Minnesota Golden Gophers and Michigan State Spartans are tied at 14.

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Minnesota At Michigan State: Turnover Leads To A 14-7 Gophers Lead

The Minnesota Golden Gophers took advantage of a big turnover by the Michigan State Spartans, and they have taken a 14-7 lead in East Lansing as time winds down in the first quarter of play.

The Spartans had taken over at their own 29-yard line after a Minnesota punt, and their first play was a handoff to running back Edwin Baker. The handoff never really got completed, and the ball went to the ground. Minnesota's Keanon Cooper recovered the fumble at the Spartans' 26, and the Gophers were in business.

After a 13-yard run for MarQueis Gray moved the Gophers closer to the Michigan State end zone, Gray went back to his favorite target, Da'Jon McKnight, finding the big wide receiver in the back left corner of the end zone for a 13-yard touchdown reception and a 14-7 Minnesota lead.

A penalty was assessed after the play on the Gophers, and the Spartans took advantage by returning the kickoff into Minnesota territory. That's where we stand now, as the Gophers lead the Spartans 14-7 with five minutes remaining in the first quarter of play.

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Minnesota At Michigan State: Gophers And Spartans Tied At Seven Early

There has been no shortage of action early on in East Lansing between the Minnesota Golden Gophers and the Michigan State Spartans, as we find ourselves tied at seven halfway through the first quarter of play.

After the Gophers forced Michigan State to punt on their first possession, the Gophers started from their own 18, and three plays later found themselves at the 36. On a second down play, quarterback MarQueis Gray hit receiver Da'Jon McKnight on a short pass, and McKnight put a move on the Michigan State defender and did the rest, taking the ball all the way to the house for a 64-yard touchdown pass and a 7-0 Minnesota lead.

On their next possession, the Spartans answered, as quarterback Kirk Cousins found his favorite target, wide receiver B.J. Cunningham for a 69-yard completion to take the Spartans to the Minnesota 6-yard line. A couple of plays later, Cousins lofted one for Keith Nichol, the team's Hail Mary hero against Wisconsin a couple of weeks back, and he brought it in for a four-yard touchdown reception to tie the game at seven.

The Gophers punted the ball away, and Michigan State began at their own 29-yard line. A handoff to Edwin Baker turned disastrous for the Spartans, as the ball fell to the turf and the Gophers recovered at the Michigan State 27. That's where we sit right now with a little more than six minutes remaining in the first quarter, and Michigan State and Minnesota tied at seven.

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Minnesota Vs. Michigan State: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

 Michigan State took a step back last week, putting up just three points in an embarrassing loss to the Nebraska Cornhuskers, a week after 'Rocket' defeated Wisconsin in epic fashion in front of a national audience. 

Sure, Minnesota shouldn't be a difficult task -- a nice rebound game, so to speak -- but one has to wonder how the Spartans respond. And Minnesota has all the momentum, if you believe in that sort of thing, after their impressive comeback win against Iowa last week. 

Here are all the 'tails for this one:

Game Date/Time:  Saturday, November 5; 12 p.m. EST

LocationSpartan Stadium; East Lansing, Michigan

TV Schedule:  Big Ten Network

TV Announcers:  Matt Devlin, Glen Mason, and Jon Jansen

Radio:  WCCO 830 AM in Minnesota, WBBL 107.3 FM in Michigan.

Spread: Michigan State Spartans -27.5

For further reading, news, discussion and more, visit Minnesota Golden Gophers' SB Nation blog The Daily Gopher and Michigan State Spartans' SB Nation blog The Only Colors. Here’s the complete Week 10 college football TV schedule, and stay tuned to SB Nation’s college football news hub for more.

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Minnesota Vs. Michigan State Preview: SB Nation Blogs Look At Matchup

Michigan State fans are very confident heading into this weekend's Legends Division contest with Minnesota, but the Golden Gophers are coming in at their highest point on the season. Minnesota's late 22-21 win over Iowa has given the downtrodden program a much needed boost of momentum in an otherwise dreadful season, and now they will try to turn that momentum into a road upset.

Michigan State was the team with momentum last week. The Spartans were undefeated atop the Legends Division before scoring just three points in a road loss at Nebraska. Now, as The Only Colors notes, they must find a way to get back on track offensively:

Ah, the rebound game.  Like last year, Michigan State is coming off a definitive loss on the road back to East Lansing to play Minnesota.  Unlike last year, this Golden Gopher team has a bit of fight in it at this point, coming off a 22-21 win over Iowa last week in Minneapolis, whereupon they held onto Floyd of Rosedale.

For Minnesota, last week was about more than keeping a bronze pig. It was about seeing MarQueis Gray step forward as a leader for the program:

I don't know if beating Iowa (again) out-ranks beating Iowa the first time, but I'm sure winning back-to-back games over Iowa is pretty special, especially considering this was his offense doing it the second time.

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Minnesota Vs. Michigan State 2011 Odds: Golden Gophers Must Overcome Large Spread

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