MSU bounces back, routs EMU 73-14

Spartans roll to a 49-0 halftime lead on their way to a blowout against Eastern Michigan on Saturday at Spartan Stadium.

Michigan State scored quickly and scored often against Eastern Michigan in a 73-14 win on Saturday.

The Spartans used the a modern-era best 49 first-half points in the rout of the Eagles as the defense allowed just one yard in the first half. It was a refreshing bounce back for the Spartans after losing to Oregon 46-27 two weeks ago.

Connor Cook kept it four yards up the middle for the Spartans first touchdown and a 7-0 lead early. The drive was set up by a 43-yard punt return by MacGarrett Kings, as he brought it back to the Eastern Michigan 37.

After a three-and-out for Eastern Michigan, Michigan State drove downfield easily behind Jeremy Langford. Langford capped the drive with a 21-yard touchdown run on which he cut outside, juked Eastern Michigan cornerback Daquan Pace and cut back inside for the easy touchdown and a 14-0 lead with 8:03 to go.

Kurtis Drummond recovered a fumble from Darius Jackson on Eastern Michigan’s first play on its next drive. Michigan State scored right away as Cook hit Tony Lippett for a 23-yard score and a 21-0 lead. It was Lippett’s fourth touchdown of the year, matching his career total entering the season. He has touchdown receptions in five straight games.

Cook and Lippett connected again on the next Michigan State drive, as Cook escaped pressure, threw into a tight window to Lippett for an 8-yard touchdown. A 22-yard run by Keith Mumphery and a 23-yard run by Kings helped set up the score to give Michigan State a 28-0 lead with 2:18 to go in the first.

Tyler O’Connor took over at QB for Michigan State late in the first and threw his first career touchdown pass as he hit A.J. Troup, who dove for the pylon for a 33-yard score and a 35-0 lead.

Eastern Michigan forced the Spartans to punt on their sixth drive, but Tyler Allen muffed the punt and Montae Nicholson recovered it at the Eastern 6. Delton Williams ran three straight times, with the third being a 1-yard touchdown to put Michigan State up 42-0 with 5:17 before the half.

The Spartans again got the ball deep in Eastern Michigan territory after R.J. Williamson intercepted Rob Bolden and returned it nine yards to the 6-yard line. R.J. Shelton ran in for a 6-yard touchdown on a jet sweep and Michigan State took a 49-0 lead.

The interception initially was called back as Michigan State linebacker Darien Harris was called for targeting on Bolden, but after review, the call was overturned.

Michigan State got the ball to start the second half and Nick Hill ran eight times for 45 yards, ending the drive with a 4-yard touchdown.

Eastern Michigan got on the board as Bolden hit Allen for a 43-yard score, taking advantage of a coverage bust by Michigan State – something that the Spartans struggled with against Oregon.

Michigan State again benefited from a muffed punt as Demetrious Cox recovered the ball at the EMU 29. Michael Geiger ended the drive with a 30-yard field goal, putting the Spartans ahead 59-7.

A Pace interception of O’Connor deep in MSU territory led to a 9-yard touchdown pass from Bolden to Tyreese Russell as Eastern made it 59-14 with 14:19 to go.

Michigan State forced another turnover as Chris Frey and Demetrious Cox forced Russell to fumble and Jermaine Edmondson fell on it at the Eastern 29. Williams carried in a group of Eagles defenders from seven yards out for his second touchdown of the day, giving MSU a 66-14 lead.

Williams came right back with his third touchdown of the game as he took it 80 yards for a 73-14 lead.

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