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Spartans Lose Another Heartbreaker

It was an unhappy ending for Michigan State's seniors.

Playing their last home game at Spartan Stadium, MSU went down to defeat.

They fell to the Northwestern Wildcats by a score of 23-20.

It's MSU's fifth loss to a Big Ten team this season by a touchdown or less. They lost all five games by a total of 13 points.

The Spartans drop under .500. They now stand at 5-6 overall and 2-5 in the Big Ten.

It's a surprise to many Spartan fans, who had high hopes for 2012. They were coming in with two 11 win seasons and started the pre-season ranked #13 in the nation.

But despite a decent number of yards, MSU continued struggle on offense. Twice they failed to score from inside the 2-yard-line. One time, quarterback Andrew Maxwell fumbled and turned the ball over to the Wildcats. The second time, the Northwestern defense stifled Le'veon Bell for a loss, forcing MSU to turn the ball over on downs.

The defense made lemonade out of lemons by sacking the Wildcat quarterback for a safety. But 7 points instead of 2 would have made the difference in this tight game.

MSU will finish the season next week at Minnesota. The Spartans will likely be favored over the Golden Gophers, but the Spartans will need to win to be eligible for a bowl game.

We'll have complete coverage of the game and have post-game reaction from the coaches and players tonight on 6 News.

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