The Arizona State Sun Devils (2-0) defeated the Michigan State Spartans (1-1) Saturday night in Tempe by a score of 16-13 on a walkoff 28-yard field goal from Brandon Ruiz.
The Sun Devils remain undefeated against Big 10 opponents at home, and stormed back from a 13-3 deficit to win in the final seconds.
Both defenses excelled in the first half, as the Sun Devils held Michigan State to a field goal and the Spartans kept ASU off the scoreboard.
After a scoreless first quarter, Michigan State moved the ball down the field and scored the first points of the contest on a 37-yard field goal from sophomore kicker Matt Coghlin.
Each quarterback threw costly interceptions when their teams were driving down the field. ASU’s redshirt senior defensive back Dasmond Tautalatasi caught a tip drill interception in the end zone, and Spartans’ redshirt senior safety telegraphed Wilkins’ pass intended for Brandon Aiyuk.
The Spartans opened up the second half by effectively moving the ball down the field, but couldn’t reach the end zone and settled for a 28-yard field goal from Coghlin.
ASU came out of the half trying to move the ball down the field in the passing game and were able to get into Ruiz’s range. The sophomore kicker connected from 49 yards away starting ASU’s scoring and answering the Spartans score, and lowering the deficit to three points.
The Spartans took control of the contest when Lewerke delivered a 31-yard strike to Cody White for the first touchdown of the night and to put Michigan State up 13-3.
ASU responded with a strong drive, but were unable to get the ball in the end zone after reaching the Spartans’ six-yard line. Ruiz hit from 24-yards to reduce MSU’s lead to 13-6.
The Sun Devil defense were able to get a stop, and redshirt freshman Tyler Johnson blocked Michigan State’s redshirt senior Jake Hartbarger’s punt. ASU started their drive with great field position at their own 43, but squandered their opportunity and were forced to punt.
Following another defense stand from the Sun Devil defense, the offense finally made a play.
Wilkins found N’Keal Harry in the end zone for a 27-yard touchdown reception, knotting the score at 13 apiece. Sun Devil Stadium came alive behind the comeback effort of ASU.
The defense made some big plays the next possession. Darius Slade and Merlin Robertson combined to sack Lewerke, and Robertson forced a fumble that pushed the Spartans even further back on the next play.
ASU ran the clock down as far as they could with Michigan State out of timeouts. Brandon Ruiz came on to kick a yard field goal with only three seconds remaining. He nailed it, and the Sun Devils completed the upset.
The Sun Devils now head west for their first road contest of the season, as they take on the San Diego State Aztecs at San Diego County Credit Union Stadium next Saturday night.
The Devils lost to SDSU last season in Tempe by a score of 30-20.