Wildcats extend lead after trading fumbles

EVANSTON, Ill. -- Michigan State is fortunate to be down only 10-0 right now.

After an Edwin Baker fumble, Northwestern was poised to score a second touchdown as it lined up for first-and-goal from the Spartans' 1. But an opportunistic Spartans defense came up big again, forcing its 21st takeaway of the season, a Jacob Schmidt fumble recovered by Johnny Adams.

Northwestern's defense continued to play tough, forcing a punt, and the Wildcats converted good field position into a Stefan Demos field goal. They still have to feel a little unsatisfied after another turnover near the goal line, a season-long problem.

Schmidt likely won't return after suffering an ankle injury on the play where he fumbled.