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    Michigan State adds FG, takes 31-13 lead on Rutgers


    Who will keep chopping? That’s the question that will hang in the air Saturday in Piscataway, New Jersey.

    Michigan State has chopped its way to a 5-0 start to the season (2-0 in the Big Ten), and a No. 11 national ranking, embracing a phrase long beloved by Rutgers, creating a peculiar subplot for Saturday’s Big Ten showdown.

    Follow along here for live updates from Detroit News contributor Nolan Bianchi.

    Michigan State quarterback Payton Thorne (10) celebrates a touchdown with Luke Campbell (62) during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Rutgers, Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021, in Piscataway, N.J.

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    Michigan State adds field goal in late stages

    Michigan State takes over at its own 8, leading 28-13 in the fourth with 8:27 to go.

    A first-down pass to Jayden Reed is caught for a gain of 13. Kenneth Walker rushes for 2 yards on the next play, then takes off for a 28-yard gain to bring his total on the day to 224. He comes up limping and hops onto the trainer’s table. 

    Payton Thorne misses on first down, then hands to Jordon Simmons for a pickup of 4. Thorne throws an interception on the next play. It’s being reviewed, as it looks like the ball might have hit the ground.

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