Lightning at Spartan Stadium delays Michigan State-Penn State

4:42 PM ET

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Lightning strikes =emptied Spartan Stadium and caused a three-and-a-half hour weather delay of the top 25 matchup between Michigan State and Penn State.

The game resumed at 4:38 p.m. ET.

Thunderstorms reached the East Lansing area midway through the second quarter. A lightning strike at 1:15 p.m. forced officials to pause the game with 7:58 left to play in the half.

No. 7 Penn State led No. 24 Michigan State 14-7 at the start of the delay.

The stadium was evacuated and the less-than-capacity crowd on the cold, wet day was sent to nearby campus buildings to wait out the storm. More lightning was visible from the stadium in the hour that followed the initial delay.