A crucial interception from the arm of Purdue quarterback Rob Henry has given No. 11 Michigan State new life in the fourth quarter of Saturday's game. The Spartans, who are trying to avoid a disastrous upset, have pulled a little closer to the Boilermakers.
Chris L. Rucker picked off Henry's throw in Purdue territory, giving Spartans quarterback Kirk Cousins great field position. He capitalized with a drive that ended in a 5-yard touchdown toss to B.J. Cunningham. It was the first blemish in an otherwise solid effort thus far from Henry, who has thrown for 173 yards and two touchdowns.
Cousins is now 23-for-30 through the air with 207 yards passing and two touchdowns. Edwin Baker is delivering yet another solid performance on the ground, rushing 15 times for 90 yards.
Unfortunately for the Spartans, Purdue has responded with a field goal to put the score at 31-20, Boilermakers. Michigan State now has just over eight minutes left to climb out of a two-score deficit and evade disaster.