MSU also was coming off a heart-breaking 39-31 three-overtime setback at Northwestern.
Meanwhile, more than 11,000 BWL customers are without power in East Lansing.
The win means Michigan State, now 7-2 and 5-1 in Big Ten play, controls its own destiny in the Big Ten East with a trip to Ohio State on the horizon. Penn State's forecast remains gloomy. If a team does defeat the Spartans, it's typically an ugly win. As magical as last season felt, this year felt similar. This program is chock-full of freshmen and sophomores starting and is extremely young.
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"Our policy here is: Lightning 20 miles out, we put up the announcement to voluntarily leave the stadium, 15 miles out, we take the teams off the field and clear the stadium", said Greg Ianni, Michigan State's deputy athletic director.
The college football game between the Michigan State Spartans and Penn State Nittany Lions at Spartan Stadium on Saturday afternoon was delayed by lightning midway through the second quarter. The Ohio State Buckeyes losing to the Iowa Hawkeyes in blowout fashion allowed the Spartans to assume command once again. That doesn't exactly lend to any sort of bragging rights among such a crowded - and high-ranked - conference, but with four games left (and Ohio State still having to face bitter rival MI at the end of November) the Nittany Lions could find themselves still in the title game discussion.
Coming off a awful year in 2016, the Michigan State Spartans have had much to prove this college football season.
Now, two scorned teams will face off in Week 10 for the second-place spot in their division.