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(Friday, August 30)
Final Score: Michigan State 26, Western Michigan 13
East Lansing, MI (Sports Network) - Kurtis Drummond collected an impressive one-handed interception and also scored one of two touchdowns by the Michigan State defense as the Spartans earned a 26-13 win over the Western Michigan Broncos at Spartan Stadium.
Jeremy Langford rushed for 94 yards and the score the lone offensive touchdown for Michigan State (1-0) on 20 carries. Andrew Maxwell completed 11-of-21 pass attempts for 74 yards. Connor Cook connected on just 6-of-16 pass attempts for 42 yards as a replacement after Maxwell's slow start.
Though the offense struggled, the Spartans were strong on defense allowing just 204 total yards while forcing four turnovers.
In their first game under new head coach P.J. Fleck, the Broncos (0-1) were stalled consistently on offense. Starting quarterback Tyler Van Tubbergen was intercepted twice before he was knocked out of the game due to an injury. Zach Terrell was then inserted. Terrell fared slightly better completing 12-of-28 pass attempts for 120 yards and two scores, though he was intercepted once. Corey Davis caught eight passes for 96 yards and a score.
After going 0-for-2 on third down on its first two drives, Michigan State finally found its way into the end zone thanks to its defense. Jairus Jones nabbed a Van Tubbergen pass midway through the first quarter and was able to lateral the ball to Drummond, who returned the ball 22 yards for a touchdown.
After a lengthy delay due to heavy rain and lightning, Western Michigan was able to tie the game at 7-7 with a 14-yard touchdown pass from Terrell to Clark Mussman with just over six minutes before halftime. The touchdown came on Terrell's first pass of the game.
Before halftime the Spartans offense finally found its way into the end zone on a two-yard touchdown run from Jeremy Langford with 22 seconds remaining in the half. However Kevin Muma missed the extra point attempt leaving the score at 13-7.
Muma made up for his missed extra point late in the third quarter when he kicked a 20-yard field goal. The Spartans led 16-7 after the kick.
Another field goal from Muma, this time from 30 yards out, pushed the Spartans ahead 19-7 going into the final quarter.
Michigan State scored another defensive touchdown in the fourth quarter when Shilique Calhoun returned a Terrell fumble 16 yards for a touchdown. Marcus Rush was credited with a sack and a forced fumble on the play.
The Broncos did manage to score a touchdown later in the quarter on a 14-yard touchdown pass from Terrell to Davis. However a missed two-point conversion attempt and an unsuccessful onside kick attempt, finished off any comeback chances.
08/31 01:47:11 ET
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