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Michigan State beats Northwestern for first win in 2021 season, 38-21: Game thread recap

WHAT A START!:Michigan State scores a touchdown on the very first play of the season

Michigan State Spartans vs. Northwestern Wildcats

When: 9 p.m. Friday.

Where: Ryan Field in Evanston, Illinois,

TV/radio: ESPN, WJR-AM (760).

Line: Northwestern by 3½.

Game notes: A rare season opener with a Big Ten game. MSU went 2-4 last year in coach Mel Tucker's first season, including an upset of No. 13 Northwestern at Spartan Stadium in late November, 29-20. The Wildcats finished 7-2, with a 35-19 Citrus Bowl win over Auburn.