EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Max Bortenschlager threw for 121 yards as No. 22 Michigan State held off Maryland in the snow, 17-7, on Saturday.
The Spartans (8-3, 6-2 Big Ten, No. 17 CFP) rushed for 271 yards, and that was about the only way they could move the ball. Quarterback Brian Lewerke was 2 of 14 for 20 yards, and one of his completions was a shovel pass late in the third quarter.
Maryland (4-7, 2-6) wasn't much better through the air until the final period. Bortenschlager finished 13 of 25 for 121 yards. He was taken out of the game in the third quarter but came back strong at the end.
"I was proud of Max, coming back in the fourth. We were able to throw the ball and move the ball a little bit," coach DJ Durkin said. "We had some chances and we didn't execute when we needed to."
Michigan State won in torrential conditions at Michigan on Oct. 7, then won at Minnesota the following week following a lightning delay. The Spartans beat Penn State on Nov. 4 in a game interrupted for over three hours by a weather delay.
It was raining before the game, and by halftime, the teams had to deal with snow in addition to consistently windy conditions. There wasn't any real snow accumulation on the field, but both teams had problems passing. Lewerke, who threw for 400 yards in back-to-back games earlier this season, wasn't going to be the man to lead this victory.
Michigan State took a 7-0 lead with a 2-yard run in the first quarter, and scored on a 25-yard run in the second.
Michigan State's Matt Coghlin missed a field goal in the third quarter, but a penalty for running into the kicker gave him another chance, and he converted from 27 yards. That became crucial when Maryland's Lorenzo Harrison scored on a 4-yard run in the fourth and the Terps drove back into the red zone in the final minutes -- but a missed field goal helped the Spartans close out the game.
The Terps host No. 13 Penn State next Saturday. The Nittany Lions are Maryland's third straight top-25 opponent.