Spartans Tune-Up

Saturday's game against Northern Colorado was no more than a tune-up game for the Big Ten. In addition, while the victory was one sided, there are still areas that need to be worked on.

Michigan State had no problem in their tune-up prior to Wisconsin coming to town next weekend as they defeated Northern Colorado 45-7 in front of just under 71,000 fans.

On a crisp, cool breezy afternoon, Michigan State took the next steps toward becoming bowl eligible and getting ready for the every week battles the Big Ten Conference will bring.

On a positive note, All-American senior linebacker Greg Jones got his first career interception and followed it up with his second. Jones also passed Chuck Bullough and moved into fifth place on the Spartans all-time career tackles list with 392. Up next for Jones is Josh Thornhill who has 395 career tackles.

Offensively junior quarterback Kirk Cousins had a solid day going 16-of-20 for 290 yards and two touchdowns hitting tight end Brian Linthicum and running back Larry Caper.

With the Spartans ahead, Andrew Maxwell was able to get some solid snaps prior to conference play and went 3-of-5 for 41 yards.

Freshman running back Le'Veon Bell continues to impress in his first season in Green having scored three touchdowns and picking up 92 yards on 11 carries. Edwin Baker was also solid picking up a score to go with his 59 yards.

Linthicum is making good use of his time on the field picking up 63 yards on three receptions while Mark Dell picked up 65 on the day.

Overall, penalties played a major role in the Spartans overall play and must be under control before they catch up and hurt them in a close game.

The Spartans will now start to prepare for their first conference game against Wisconsin next Saturday in Spartan Stadium.

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