MSU offense continues rolling in rout

Michigan State scores 50-plus points for the second straight week in win against Wyoming.

A week after routing Eastern Michigan 73-14, the Michigan State offense continued to put up big numbers in a 56-14 win against Wyoming.

It has been a historic start to the season for the Spartans, who are averaging more than 50 points per game through four games. It took the 2012 team into its 11th game before scoring its 201 points -- the total the 2014 team has so far.

Jeremy Langford had his first 100-yard game of the season in the win, as he ran for 137 on 16 attempts with a touchdown.

The Spartans’ run game came out strong as Langford ran six times for 52 yards on the opening drive. On fourth-and-goal from the one, Connor Cook powered in for a touchdown and an early 7-0 lead.

Cook thread the needle to Lippett for his sixth touchdown of the year with 5:47. Lippett now has touchdowns in six straight games dating back to the Big Ten title game last year against Ohio State.

Wyoming got on the board with 2:40 left in the first when Shaun Wick took a third-and-2 handoff up the middle, where Michigan State’s safeties Kurtis Drummond and R.J. Williamson missed tackles and Wick went to the house.

Michigan State came right back with a scoring drive that took just 1:13 as Keith Mumphery took a pitch from Cook for a 33-yard touchdown run.

On the final play of the first quarter, Wyoming quarterback Colby Kirkegaard fumbled as he tried to hand the ball off and Michigan State’s Darien Harris recovered it at the Wyoming 29.

Michigan State scored four plays later as Cook hit Josiah Price for a 19-yard touchdown.

Wyoming put together a good drive, highlighted by a 41-yard pass from Kirkegaard to Tanner Gentry. A 42-yard field goal attempt by Stuart Williams was blocked by Shilique Calhoun and Darian Hicks picked it up at the Michigan State 39 and ran it back to the Wyoming 35.

Tyler O’Connor took over at quarterback on the drive and hit Keith Mumphery for a 6-yard touchdown and a 35-7 lead with 4:11 to go in the half. Mumphery also had a 13-yard run on the second play of the drive.

Kurtis Drummond notched his second interception of the year when Kirkegaard overthrew an open wide receiver Dominic Rufran on third down. Drummond returned in 29 yards to the Wyoming 25.

After a 15-yard personal foul backed Michigan State up to the 40-yard line, Delton Williams accounted for 32 yards, including a four-yard touchdown run to make it 42-7 Michigan State.

Wyoming got the ball back with 1:24 left in the half and scored quickly as Kirkegaard hit Claiborne for a 52-yard gain and hit J.D. Krill for a four-yard touchdown on the next play to pull within 42-14.

Wyoming got the ball to start the second half as Kirkegaard hit Rufran for a short gain, but Harris forced a fumble, which was recovered by Taiwan Jones.

Michigan State failed to score, though, after a would-be touchdown by Aaron Burbridge was called back for an illegal shift and the Spartans failed to convert on fourth-and-1 from the Wyoming 7.

Michigan State got on the board on its third drive in the second half as Langford accounted for all five plays on the drive with four runs and a reception. He ran for 17, 14 and then a 29 for the touchdown on the final three plays of the drive.

Tyler O’Connor accounted for the next score for Michigan State, as he evaded a Wyoming defender on third-and-goal from the Wyoming 12 after a Travis Jackson holding penalty. O’Connor stepped up in the pocket, saw green and ran into the end zone for the score and a 56-14 lead.


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