Langford posts career day against Michigan

Michigan State running back put up a career high with 177 yards against the Wolverines in Saturday's win.

Michigan State had a dominant running game Saturday against one of the nation’s top running defenses fueled by a career day from senior running back Jeremy Langford.

Langford finished with a career-high 177 rushing yards and three touchdowns in a 35-11 win over the rival Wolverines.

Michigan’s defense ranked fourth nationally in rushing yards per game allowed (93.6 per game) and fifth nationally in yards per attempt (2.73 per attempt) through its first seven games, but struggled Michigan State won the battle at the line of scrimmage for much of the game Saturday.

Michigan State offensive coordinator Dave Warner said he challenged the offensive line against the stout Wolverine defensive line.

“That’s certainly our first goal, is to be able to establish a run-game,” he said. “Coming into the game, Michigan was a very good defense against the run and we felt like it was going to be tough.”

Langford also had a career-high 35 carries, adding to his school-record 11th straight 100-yard rushing performance in Big Ten regular-season games and tying the longest such streak by a Big Ten running back since Curtis Enis of Penn State.

“Jeremy is playing at a high level,” Warner said. “A lot similar to last season, when the Big Ten season rolls around, he turns it up.

“He had a great game, he has been playing good the last couple of weeks.”

Michigan State was dominant throughout all four quarters, outgaining Michigan on the ground 219 to 65.

Langford capped off the first drive of the game with a two-yard touchdown run to put Michigan State up 7-0.

Right before halftime, the Spartans capitalized again on the ground.

After Michigan cut the lead to 7-3, Langford started the next drive with a 24-yard run. He finished the drive with his second score on a 73-yard drive with 21 seconds remaining, giving Michigan State a 14-3 lead heading into halftime.

Langford punched in his third touchdown run in the final minute of the game on a five-yard run.

Sophomore offensive tackle Jack Conklin said Langford plays well in big games and can take it the distance at any time.

“No matter what the game is, especially these big ones, he’s going to rise up and he’s going to run the ball hard,” he said. “It’s awesome to see because we know if we get our blocks he can break loose any play.”

Langford credited his offensive line for his big day and said trust in the coaching staff allowed him to have the career day.

”The offensive line did a great job up front keeping people out of the box,” he said. “Whenever the coaches trust me to carry the ball, my job is doing that. “The coaches trust me, and I did my best with my carries.”

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