Spartans rout Rutgers on senior day

Michigan State scores on five straight possessions in the first half to roll to 45-3

Michigan State scored on five straight possessions in the first half and never looked back as it routed Rutgers 45-3 on Saturday.

Jeremy Langford and Nick Hill had two rushing scores each, while Tony Lippett got his tenth receiving touchdown of the year.

Langford finished with 126 yards rushing – his 15th straight game against a Big Ten opponent with more than 100 yards on the ground.

Michigan State’s Kurtis Drummond picked off Rutgers quarterback Gary Nova on the first possession. MSU quickly reeled off big gains as Jeremy Langford ran for 13 and Connor Cook hit Keith Mumphery for a 23-yard gain, but Cook fumbled on a quarterback keeper at the Rutgers 21 and it was recovered by linebacker Quentin Gause.

Tony Lippett got the Spartans on the board first with his eighth first-quarter touchdown reception of the season. On fourth-and-5, Cook hit the senior on a slant and he cut outside, running in for the score after his defender fell down.

Rutgers went three-and-out quickly and punter Joey Roth’s kick went just 10 yards to the Rutgers 33. Michigan State made quick work as Langford ran in from 18 yards out on the third play of the drive to put MSU up 14-0.

Langford again got in the end zone as he broke outside, broke through a tackle at the line and ran straight down the sideline for a 38-yard touchdown and a 21-0 lead.

Cook set up the Spartans for their next score after an outstanding job to extend a play. With no one open on third-and-6, the junior rolled to his right, broke out of a sack attempt and ran back to his right. He pointed MacGarrett Kings down the field and threw it up for the receiver, who caught it in space and ran to the 3-yard line.

Nick Hill capped the drive as he went airborne and extended the ball over the goal line on third down to give MSU a 28-0 lead.

Michigan State recorded its second interception of the game as R.J. Williamson deflected a third-down pass from Nova and Riley Bullough made a diving interception at the Rutgers 48.

MSU took over with 2:01 left in the first half and took just 1:33 to drive down the field. R.J. Shelton put the Spartans in the red zone with a 16-yard reception and two plays later hauled in his second receiving touchdown of the season for a 7-yard score and a 35-0 lead.

The Spartans again drove down the field n third first drive of the second half, but had to settle for a 41-yard field-goal attempt. Instead of attempting the kick, though, holder Mike Sadler pitched the ball up to kicker Michael Geiger, who ran for 23 yards as he stepped out at the 1-yard line as he dove for the end zone.

On the next play, Hill fumbled and Rutgers’ Gause recovered his second fumble of the game.

Rutgers got on the board with a 44-yard field goal from Kyle Federico with 49 seconds left in the third quarter.

Geiger hit a 23-yard field goal with 11:36 to push Michigan State’s lead back to 38-3.

Hill got his second touchdown of the game in the fourth when he took a handoff outside, cut in and broke a pair of tackles on his way to the score to put MSU ahead 45-3.

Rutgers got a drive going late in the fourth, but Arjen Colquhoun intercepted a Chris Laviano pass in the end zone.

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