Langford makes the most of carries in start

Junior running back runs for 94 yards on 20 carries against WMU on Friday in his first career start.

Nine carries for 23 yards is all Jeremy Langford had to his name entering Friday night. He certainly hadn't started a game for Michigan State.

Those things changed Friday night, as he was the feature running back for the Spartans in their 26-13 win against Western Michigan.

"It felt good," Langford said. "I've been dreaming about it since I got here. I think I did good to help out team get the victory. That's important."

Langford ran 20 times for 94 yards and scored on a 2-yard run late in the first half – his first career rushing touchdown.

"I was excited," he said, "but our effort we gave to get in there — it was blocked perfectly — the whole O-line was effort was to get me in there."

Offensive coordinator Dave Warner said Langford had a good game, but did have a mistake.

"He rushed for over a 100 yards and some negative yards right there," Warner said. "He had a good game. Obviously, he put the ball on the ground at the end, which he can't do.

"I thought he was effective."

Langford said he knows nobody has a perfect game and he has to improve in things such as blocking.

"I felt like I did all right," he said. "I know I can do better and next week I have to do better. As a team and help my team out so we get that win next week. "

The Spartans planned to give more carries to other running backs like Riley Bullough and Nick Hill.

"I would have liked to have gotten Riley more, but Nick Hill came in and did some good things as well," Warner said. "He's a strong runner for a little guy. I saw some good things."

Bullough ran five times for 12 yards and Hill had seven carries for 33 yards.

While the other two backs were on the field, Langford wanted to set the tone by establishing himself as the starting running back.

"It was important, but Riley and Nick do a good job too, also," Langford said. "We compete everyday in practice and that's what makes us better."

Langford received eight more rush attempts than Hill and Bullough combined against the Broncos.

"I had no idea (how many carries I would get)," Langford said. "It just played out like that. I made the best of my opportunities."

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