In a surprising turn of events the Michigan State defense came up big in the Spartans second scrimmage of the spring with a 43-37 victory over their offensive counterparts.
Leading the defense in retention of the coveted green jersey was sophomore safety Montae Nicholson with ten tackles. Joining Nicholson was junior defensive back Demetrious Cox with eight stops while linebackers Darien Harris and Shane Jones each posted six stops on the day.
While Spartan fans might be worried about the team’s offense heading into the final week of the spring; the Michigan State release stressed the defense had to rally with two late interceptions to turn the tables.
Madre London might be starting to separate himself at running back as he carried the ball 18 times for 100 yards and two rushing short yardage touchdowns as Gerald Holmes carried 12 times for 45 yards. Overall, the Spartans rushed for 208 yards in a scrimmage that totaled 138 plays.
Senior quarterback Connor Cook completed 17-of-26 throws for 178 yards, one touchdown but two interceptions for the second consecutive week. DeAnthony Arnett led receivers with seven catches for 46 yards.
However, the day again belonged to young members of the Spartans defense Jermaine Edmondson and Malik McDowell each had interceptions and Vayante Copeland recovered a fumble in the end zone off a forced fumble by Montez Sweat.
Second Spring Scrimmage Recap
Time elapsed: 2:25 (138 total plays including special teams)
Rushing: Madre London 18-100 (2 TDs); Gerald Holmes 12-45.
Defense (solos-assists-total): Montae Nicholson 4-6-10; Demetrious Cox 3-5-8 and a pass break-up; Shane Jones 2-4-6 including a half tackle for loss (1 yard); Montez Sweat 5-0-5 including two tackles for losses (5 yards), a 2-yard sack and a forced fumble; Darien Harris 0-5-5; Jermaine Edmondson 1-3-4 including a 32-yard interception; Vayante Copeland 3-1-4 including a fumble recovery for a touchdown; Shilique Calhoun 3-0-3 including a 6-yard sack; Malik McDowell 0-3-3 including an interception; Riley Bullough 1-2-3 including 1.5 tackles for loss (5 yards) and a 4-yard sack.
Stats and info provided by the Michigan State sports communications department.