MSU gets back to winning ways

Spartans rebound from tough loss to Ohio State with win against Maryland on Saturday

It was hardly pretty at times, but Michigan State got back to winning ways against Maryland on Saturday.

The Spartans rode a strong performance from the defense that was torched by Ohio State a week ago to a 37-15 win.

Michigan State allowed just 158 yards in the first three quarters to Maryland with just 22 rushing yards on 13 attempts. The Terrapins finished with 252 yards and six on the ground on 17 attempts.

Michigan State had a big day from Jeremy Langford, who accounted for much of the offense in the second half. He broke the 100-yard mark for the 14th straight game against a Big Ten opponent in the fourth quarter.

Connor Cook did not throw a touchdown pass, ending a streak of 16 straight games with a touchdown pass.

Michigan State’s offense early came courtesy of field goals, as Michael Geiger hit on his first three attempts after struggling in recent weeks.

Kurtis Drummond got the ball back in Michigan State’s hands after an opening drive did not amount to much. He picked off Maryland quarterback C.J. Brown after dropping an interception two plays earlier. This time, he pulled it in at the 43 and returned it to the 28.

The Spartans ran the ball on six straight plays before settling for a 22-yard field goal from Geiger.

After a three-and-out, Michigan State got the ball back and drove downfield behind a big 50-yard completion from Cook to MacGarrett Kings. The Spartans drove into the red zone before settling for another field goal. This time, Geiger was good from 34 yards and gave MSU a 6-0 lead.

The Spartans again forced a three-and-out from the Maryland offense. After a pair of completions to Tony Lippett and Aaron Burbridge, the Spartans again wound up kicking a field goal as Geiger hit from 33 yards to give MSU a 9-0 lead.

Maryland started with good field position after a 52-yard return from Will Likely. The Terrapins took advantage and converted a fourth-and-6 after a nine-yard pass from C.J. Brown to Deon Long was overturned and ruled incomplete. On the fourth down, Brown hit Jacquille Veii for a 17-yard gain and a first down. Maryland wasted no time, as Brown found a wide-open Daniel Adams for a 20-yard score.

The Spartans came up short on a third-and-1 attempt, but Likely fumbled the ensuing punt and Burbridge recovered it at the Maryland 38.

Michigan State drove down to the Maryland 25, but an illegal forward pass penalty on Cook after he crossed the line of scrimmage before throwing the ball set the Spartans back. On third-and-14 from the 30, Burbridge dropped Cook’s pass in the end zone and the Geiger marched out for a 47-yard field-goal attempt, which fell short with 5:30 left in the half.

MSU’s defense forced its fourth three-and-out of the game, getting the ball back at its 25. After Delton Williams ran for a first down, Cook hit Keith Mumphery on a quick curl and Mumphery broke an arm tackle from cornerback Anthony Nixon and ran 62 yards to the Maryland 3.

An illegal formation penalty pushed the Spartans back five yards, but Jeremy Langford ran in from eight yards out for the first MSU score of the game and a 16-7 lead late in the second.

It took a while for much to take place in the third quarter, but late in the frame, R.J. Williamson intercepted a pass deflected by Taiwan Jones and ran it back 22 yards for a touchdown.

Langford tacked on another score in the fourth quarter as he broke a run from 25 yards out to put MSU up 30-7 with 7:06 left. Langford had 69 yards rushing on seven attempts on the drive.

Maryland made a late push as Brown connected with Juwann Winfree for a 31-yard score. Brown then hit tight end Derrick Hayward for the two-point conversion to pull within 30-15 with 4:07 to go.

Nick Hill quickly came back with a 33-yard touchdown run to put MSU back up 37-15 with 3:15 to go.

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