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Penn State game to resume at 4:38 after lightning delay

Game officials stopped Saturday's game between the Nittany Lions and Michigan State midway through the second quarter because of lightning in the area of Spartan Stadium.

Penn State head coach James Franklin .
Penn State head coach James Franklin .Read moreAP Photo/Jay LaPrete

EAST LANSING, Mich. — After a weather delay of more than three hours, the football game between Penn State and Michigan State was scheduled to resume at 4:38 p.m.

The game was suspended at 1:14 because of lightning in the area, with the Nittany Lions holding a 14-7 lead with 7 minutes, 58 seconds left in the first half. The Spartans were in possession of the football with a third-and-four from the Penn State 37.

Fans were ordered to leave the stadium until the lightning passed. A steady rain fell right after the teams exited the field.

Penn State scored both its touchdowns in the first quarter on a pair of touchdown passes by Trace McSorley, who threw a 31-yard strike to DaeSean Hamilton and a 27-yard pass to Saeed Blacknall. Both Hamilton and Blacknall made excellent runs after the catch to reach the end zone.

Michigan State answered the Nittany Lions' first touchdown with a 7-yard scoring pass from Brian Lewerke to Darrell Stewart.

Penn State had 213 yards passing at the time play was stopped. McSorley completed 15 of 22 passes for 193 yards. Running back Saquon Barkley completed his second career pass in as many attempts, taking a direct snap and throwing to tight end Mike Gesicki for a 20-yard gain on the Lions' first touchdown drive.