Baker Struggles, Bell picks up slack in dominant Spartan effort. The score was really not very indicative of how one-sided this year's Battle for the Land Grant Trophy was. MSU thoroughly controlled all assets of the game throughout, but couldn't pull away. The Lions kept it close until the final minute of the game, when MSU finally put this one to rest, as the Spartans walked off with a solid 23-7 victory in East Lansing. The first drive of the game for the Penn State offense was really the only flash of brilliance you would see all game from the Lions. Silas Redd took a screen pass over 50 yards for the first touchdown of the game to give PSU an early 7-3 lead. But from then on, the Lions were completely shut down. Following the highlight-reel catch-and-run by Redd, MSU answered the call with a quick scoring drive of their own. The Spartans relied on the arm of veteran Kirk Cousins to get the job done, and with the Spartans threatening, Cousins did just that, hooking up with Keshawn Martin for a 25-yard score. The TD gave MSU a 10-7 lead very early in the second quarter, but little did anyone know it would be all they'd need. While star halfback Edwin Baker proved very ineffective all game long, power back LeVeon Bell stepped up when needed, going over the century mark on the day. However, even though the Spartans dominated all facets of the game,MSU couldn't quite put them away. The Spartans failed to capitalize the entire game and only held a 13-7 throughout much of the 4th quarter. The Spartans finally answered the 'Bell' late with a field goal to make it 16-7 and then a 4-yard LeVeon Bell touchdown run while trying to get PSU to burn their timeouts to waltz off with a 23-7 rivalry win. MSU has the week off next week to prepare for what is sure to be a war against the explosive Michigan Wolverines in the 'Battle for the Paul Bunyan Trophy' in week 7.