Spartans Stay Perfect On The Season

Not since 1966 had Michigan State scene a 7-0 start to their football season. On Saturday, the Spartans took another step towards matching that start with a 26-6 victory over Illinois.

It took three quarters of football for the Michigan State football team to wake up and get their offense going. With their perfect season in the balance, Mark Dantonio used defensive football to keep his team close and a 13-point third quarter to give his team the separation needed to defeat a pesky Illinois team.

Kirk Cousins may not have had a solid day, but his 48-yard touchdown pass to B.J. Cunningham with 8:26 left in the third quarter gave the Spartans a boost never to look back from.

The Spartans were not done scoring for the day as Dan Conroy continued his perfect season hitting on a 32-yard field goal making it 19-6 Spartans.

The forth quarter was much like the third as Conroy would connect on a 18-yard attempt and running back Larry Caper rushed for a 15-yard touchdown ending the scoring for the day.

Illinois tried to put points on the board but instead found a Spartans defense geared up looking to sack and punish Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelaase. Before it was over, Scheelaase was out of the game and freshman Miles Osei became the Spartans next obsession.

Considering the Spartans posted only 77 total yards of offense in the first two quarters, the turn of events found a team looking to secure their place in Spartan lore by posting 217 yards and 23-points in the final two quarters of play.

Cousins would go 13-24-0, for 201 yards and 1 touchdown on the day while Larry Caper paced the Spartans rushing attack with 37 yards on 7 carries.

While this season has seen the Spartans defense play solid, their performance against Illinois saved the day as they posted 4 sacks and 8 tackles for loss. March Hyde, Trenton Robinson, and Johnny Adams each posted an interception on the day as Greg Jones continued his assault on the Spartans record books with 14 total tackles.

The Spartans will leave the state of Michigan for the first time in 2010 with a trip to Northwestern who was off this week.

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