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Michigan State vs Purdue, 23-13: The highest-graded players from each team

Oct 27, 2018; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans quarterback Rocky Lombardi (12) drops back to pass the ball during the first half of a game against the Purdue Boilermakers at Spartan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

This highest-graded players recap is brought to you by Eckrich, the Official Smoked Sausage of the College Football Playoff.

Michigan State knocked off Purdue on Saturday afternoon, 23-13, improving their record to 5-3. The loss for Purdue, who entered the game on the heels of their stunning upset of Ohio State, dropped them to 4-4 this season.

[Editor's Note: While we grade every player on every game, to qualify for an overall game grade for this recap's purpose, a player must have played at least 20 snaps to be considered a full-time contributor to the game.]

Top 5 Overall

Michigan State Offense


Jalen Nailor, WR – 72.0 overall grade

Matt Dotson, TE – 71.8 overall grade

Rocky Lombardi, QB – 69.2 overall grade

Jordan Reid, OT – 68.3 overall grade

Brandon Sowards, WR – 66.1 overall grade

Michigan State Defense


Justin Layne, CB – 85.9 overall grade

Matt Morrissey, S – 80.5 overall grade

Mike Panasiuk, DI – 79.2 overall grade

Raequan Williams, DI – 73.7 overall grade

Tyriq Thompson, LB – 71.2 overall grade

Purdue Offense


Brycen Hopkins, TE – 74.5 overall grade

Eric Swingler, OT – 69.7 overall grade

Rondale Moore, WR – 69.4 overall grade

Kirk Barron, C – 64.9 overall grade

Matt McCann, OT – 64.8 overall grade

Purdue Defense


Lorenzo Neal, DI – 80.8 overall grade

Cornel Jones, LB – 69.6 overall grade

Jacob Thieneman, S – 69.2 overall grade

Giovanni Reviere, Edge – 68.9 overall grade

Markus Bailey, LB – 68.1 overall grade

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