Northwestern vs. Michigan State score update: Wildcats ahead 6-5 at the half.

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Northwestern and Michigan State are in the midst of a defensive battle in East Lansing, with Northwestern taking a narrow 6-5 lead into halftime. Northwestern running back Venric Mark has been limited to seven yards on six carries.

It's been a low-scoring, defensive affair in East Lansing, Michigan on Saturday, with Northwestern taking a narrow 6-5 lead into halftime against the Michigan State Spartans.

For the Wildcats, scoring has been slow thanks to a Michigan State defense which allowed just 128 yards of total offense in the first half.

The Wildcats only points of the game have come courtesy of a pair of Jeff Budzien field goals. Otherwise, it's been a slow day for Northwestern's offense, especially star running back Venric Mark, who has been held to just seven yards on six carries. Mark entered the day as the Big Ten's third-leading rusher with 1,176 yards on the season. Meanwhile, quarterback Kain Colter has completed 11 of his 17 passes, but has just 67 yards to show for it.

Things haven't been much better for Michigan State, a club which is sitting at 5-5 and needs one more win to be bowl-eligible. The Spartans scored on a first quarter safety and a second quarter field goal, but also missed a field goal right before halftime which would've given them the lead.

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