STATE COLLEGE, Pennsylvania (Ticker) -- At least Penn State coach Joe Paterno will have something to smile about heading into the offseason.
Zach Mills rushed for two touchdowns and passed for another score as the Nittany Lions ended Paterno's 39th season with a 37-13 rout of Big Ten Conference foe Michigan State.
Penn State completed its fourth losing season in five years and some have suggested the time has come for the 77-year-old Paterno to step down. But the Nittany Lions (4-7, 2-6 Big Ten) won their final two games to carry some momentum into the offseason.
Mills completed 11-of-18 passes for 105 yards and rushed for 74 yards on 16 carries.
Dave Raynor kicked a 52-yard field goal on the final play of the first half to give the Spartans (5-6, 4-4) a 6-3 lead, but the Nittany Lions erupted with 28 straight points in the third quarter.
Tony Hunt put Penn State ahead with a one-yard TD plunge before Mills scored on runs of eight and 10 yards. Mills completed the barrage with a six-yard TD toss to Michael Robinson.
Robbie Gould kicked a pair of field goals in the fourth quarter for the Nittany Lions, who picked off Michigan State's three quarterbacks five times.
The Spartans finally got in the end zone on Stephen Reaves' 12-yard TD pass to Jerramy Scott with 8:57 left in the contest.
The loss was Michigan State's third in four games and eliminated the Spartans from bowl contention. They close their season December 4 at Hawaii.