A week after a triumphant come-from-behind victory over Michigan vaulted MSU to No. 3 in the College Football Playoff rankings, the Spartans went into West Lafayette and were upset by Purdue, 40-29. With the loss, Michigan State fell from the ranks of the unbeaten and took a hit — but not a fatal one — to both its Big Ten and CFP hopes.
The Michigan State defense just had no answers for Purdue’s passing attack. Aidan O’Connell threw for a whopping 536 yards and three touchdowns in the win with David Bell as his favorite target. Bell, one of the best receivers in the country, hauled in 11 passes for 217 yards and a score.
Purdue gets a HUGE conference win over No. 3 Michigan State 🔥 pic.twitter.com/NYDaCFyLuw
— ESPN (@espn) November 6, 2021
What a dime to put Purdue up 14-7 over No. 3 Michigan State 💰 pic.twitter.com/GyDwhBCFb6
— ESPN College Football (@ESPNCFB) November 6, 2021