In their final game in Spartan Stadium, the Michigan State seniors made the most of it.
The Spartans’ 45-3 rout of Rutgers included five touchdowns from three seniors, including a dynamic rushing attack from two senior running backs.
Jeremy Langford led the way on the ground with 126 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries, extending his streak of 100-yard games against Big Ten opponents to 15 games.
”It meant a lot to me, especially with the way my career started, finishing strong,” Langford said. “I want to say the offensive line did a great job. …
”I think we went out well in Spartan Stadium.”
Senior running back Nick Hill added a pair of touchdowns, finishing with 59 yards on 12 carries.
“We're trying to get our playmakers the ball,” offensive coordinator Dave Warner said. “When their names are called they need to make a play.
“Langford obviously played well and broke a lot of tackles and Nick Hill did also on his last touchdown run.”
Mark Dantonio was happy with the way the seniors performed in the win.
”Big game by Jeremy Langford,” coach Mark Dantonio said. “He had a few big runs and an outstanding job by our senior class.
”40 wins now and two more wins ties the all-time record for a class, and that is 51 wins in five years for our football team. Great job by everyone and great focus.”
The senior running backs have come a long way while at Michigan State. Langford dealt with multiple position changes, while Hill had to wait his turn before finally breaking out as a fifth-year senior.
Hill called it a credit to the both of them for sticking through the adversity they faced.
”You work hard, good things happen,” Hill said. “No one thought (Langford) was going to be the back that he was.
”It’s a credit to him and I to keep working hard, good things happen. Him and I are prime examples of that.”
Senior Tony Lippett had five receptions for 72 yards and a touchdown on a fourth-down call to get things rolling for the Spartans in the first quarter. He became the eighth receiver in school history to reach 1,000 yards receiving in a season.
Lippett also played cornerback, a position at which he had five starts in 2011.
Other seniors benefitted from the senior day blowout as well. Senior offensive guard Connor Kruse had his first career carry, gaining one yard.
Senior safety Kurtis Drummond had an interception on a dominant day from the Spartans defense.