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Michigan State loses to Arizona State after too many men penalty

Chris Solari

Detroit Free Press

Published 9:06 PM EDT Sep 14, 2019

EAST LANSING, Mich. — A record will have to wait for another day.

Michigan State football coach Mark Dantonio must wait for Big Ten play to find some offense.

Eno Benjamin’s 1-yard touchdown run with 50 seconds left and a wild finish gave Arizona State a 10-7 victory over the 19th-ranked Spartans on Saturday at Spartan Stadium.

It prevented Dantonio from moving ahead of Duffy Daugherty into the program wins lead. They remain tied at 109 victories as the Spartans (2-1) open Big Ten play next week at Northwestern.

MSU had a chance to send the game to overtime, as QB Brian Lewerke moved the Spartans into scoring territory with help of an ASU penalty, followed by a 25-yard pass to Darrell Stewart.

Matt Coghlin appeared to tie the game with a 42-yard kick after MSU’s offense and special teams units struggled to figure out which was supposed to be on the field with 11 seconds left.

But the kick was overruled after replay review showed the Spartans had 12 men on the field.

Coghlin’s ensuing 47-yarder sailed wide right. Though on the play, it appeared Arizona State’s Cam Phillips jumped over the center to try to block the kick, which should have been a 15-yard penalty for leaping, according to Fox Sports rules analyst Dean Blandino. Per Blandino, leaping is not a reviewable play.  

It was the junior kicker’s third missed field goal of the game.

Lewerke finished 24 of 38 for 291 yards. Collins had 72 rushing yards. MSU had 404 yards of offense.

Daniels had 140 passing yards and ran for 37, including a critical 15-yarder on the final TD drive with the Sun Devils facing fourth-and-13. The true freshman also had a 40-yard pass to wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk, after MSU defensive back Josh Butler stumbled in coverage, at the outset of the drive. 


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