Penn State-Michigan State third quarter update


1. The defense has done an outstanding job of shutting down running back Javon Ringer. After three quarters, the senior has only 15 carries for 30 yards. He came into the game averaging 141 yards a game on the ground.

2. The rout is on, call in the dogs. Deon Butler caught a 4-yard TD pass from Daryll Clark to push Penn State's lead to 35-7 with 4:34 left in the third quarter. The Lions have shown that they can do essentially what they want on offense and the defense, meanwhile, has shown that Michigan State can't do anything. All three senior wideouts have had their moment in the sun. Norwood had a 31-yard catch on the drive and is now over 100 yards receiving. Williams has four catches for 51 yards and a TD and Butler just got involved.

3. Uh ... in case you didn't think so, this game is over. Clark hit Butler for a 70-yard touchdown to increase the Lions lead, 42-7, and you can stick a fork in the Spartans. Penn State has claimed its third Big Ten title and a trip back to the Rose Bowl.

Third quarter score: Penn State 42, Michigan State 7