Michigan State started the game strong, forcing a three-and-0ut on Nebraska’s first drive then marching into field-goal range on its first attempt.
But after penalty slowed the momentum of the drive, Dan Conroy pulled his 49-yarder wide left.
Nebraska came back and marched down the field behind a solid running game until a bad pass by Taylor Martinez was intercepted by Kurtis Drummond.
Michigan State then went 68 yards in 10 plays, aided by two pass interference penalties against Nebraska, to take the 7-0 lead.
Le’Veon Bell scored on an 11-yard run to put the Spartans on the board first.