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MSU players and coaches know the challenge Saquon Barkley, Trace McSorley and No. 7 Penn State present to their Big Ten title quest. Video by Chris Solari/DFP

EAST LANSING – For the second time this season, Michigan State’s football game is in a weather delay.

The game is expected to restart at 5:30 p.m. There will be a condensed halftime that will not include a band show, which was supposed to be: 

The Spartans trail No. 7 Penn State, 14-7, with 7:58 left in the second quarter. Referees announced the weather stoppage while reviewing a play that was ruled an MSU incomplete pass.

The start of MSU’s game at Minnesota on Oct. 14 was delayed 34 minutes because of lightning and heavy rains in Minneapolis.

It is the third time a game at Spartan Stadium has been delayed. The Spartans had two games at the start of the 2013 season, against Western Michigan and South Florida, when the stands had to be cleared due to weather concerns.

Big Ten rules force a 30-minute wait after a lightning strike, with the clock reset each time one is seen.

MSU has the ball and will be facing third-and-4 from Penn State’s 37 when play resumes.

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