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No. 10 Michigan State impressive on defense, holds off No. 19 Nebraska 27-22

  • Michigan State receiver Tony Lippett (14) catches a 55-yard pass for a touchdown against Nebraska during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, in East Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)

    Michigan State receiver Tony Lippett (14) catches a 55-yard pass for a touchdown against Nebraska during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, in East Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)  (The Associated Press)

  • Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. (4) throws a pass over Michigan State's Marcus Rush (44) as Nebraska's Zach Sterup, right, blocks during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, in East Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)

    Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. (4) throws a pass over Michigan State's Marcus Rush (44) as Nebraska's Zach Sterup, right, blocks during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, in East Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)  (The Associated Press)

  • Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr., right, fakes a handoff to Ameer Abdullah against Michigan State during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, in East Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)

    Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr., right, fakes a handoff to Ameer Abdullah against Michigan State during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, in East Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)  (The Associated Press)

Trae Waynes intercepted Tommy Armstrong's pass with 30 seconds remaining, and No. 10 Michigan State held off a furious Nebraska rally, beating the No. 19 Cornhuskers 27-22 on Saturday night.

The Spartans (4-1, 1-0 Big Ten) led 27-3 heading into the fourth quarter before three Nebraska touchdowns set up a tense finish. A 43-yard pass to Alonzo Moore gave the Huskers the ball at the Michigan State 37 with just under a minute to play.

But on a day when several other top teams lost in wild upsets, Nebraska (5-1, 1-1) couldn't finish this comeback. Armstrong's pass to the end zone fell incomplete, and Waynes then came up with his second interception of the game.