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Who were the risers and who were the fallers in the Spartans' win against the Broncos?


Kurtis Drummond

The junior safety made one of the best interceptions you will probably see this year in the first quarter. Western Michigan quarterback Tyler Van Tubbergen was under pressure from linebacker Denicos Allen and overthrew his target, leaving the ball where Drummond could make a play. The safety put his left hand up, jumped and reeled it in one-handed.

He also was the beneficiary of a heads-up play from Jairus Jones, which led to a 22-yard interception return for a touchdown.

He had four tackles and a pass break-up.

Drummond makes "sweet interception

Jairus Jones

Jones made the move to linebacker from safety in the spring and had his first two career interceptions against WMU. He returned the first one for two yards, before the heads-up play to lateral it back to Drummond, who ran it the rest of the way.

He also had a second pick in the third quarter. Not a bad first game for the senior. He also had two tackles.

Jones thrives in first game at linebacker

Jeremy Langford

The lone bright spot on the offense, the junior running back registered his first career rushing touchdown at the end of a drive to close the first half. He was the focal point of the offense on that drive, with three runs and a reception.

He totaled 94 yards on 20 carries. He also took a couple snaps out of the wildcat and had two receptions for seven yards.

Langford makes the most of carries in start


Andrew Maxwell and Connor Cook

Where else would this start? Maxwell was 11 of 21 for 74 yards and Cook was 6 of 16 for 42 yards. Uninspiring to say the least. Cook showed some good ability with his feet, with four rushes for 35 yards, but made some throws that were baffling.

Neither QB managed to really move the offense through the air and that much was clear. A combined line of 17 of 37 for 116 yards is not even mediocre. It's just poor.

Bennie Fowler

The leader of the wide receiver corps also was the one who struggled the most in the game. He had three drops, including a couple that were right at his chest.

The senior had three catches for 34 yards and had the longest play from scrimmage – 26 yards, most of which came after the catch. That was the best play from the passing game and came on a crossing route, which MSU used plenty Friday.

Taybor Pepper

Yes, the long snapper made the list. After a pretty stellar freshman campaign, Pepper was erratic Friday. He snapped one really low to punter Mike Sadler, who somewhat shanked the kick. It appeared the two had some words each other after that.

After MSU drove down the field and Langford scored, Pepper sailed the snap over Sadler's head as the holder on the extra point.

I doubt we will see Pepper's name on this list again this year, but reality is he stood out in the game and that is not a good thing for a long snapper.

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