Connor Cook: Spartans have been out gained for two weeks

Utah may have ruined Michigan State’s marquee win, but the Spartans can thank the same Utah bunch for perhaps bolstering a later date on the docket.


Michigan State’s L.J. Scott, center, rushes against Central… The Spartans should have one of the better backcourt tables in the conference with speed (Nairn), shooting (Forbes), scoring (Harris) and a fantastic playmaker in Valentine.

Connor Cook, Michigan State’s star quarterback, has to depend on his left tackle, so Finley’s progress is important.

The total has gone OVER in 4 of Michigan State’s last 6 games when playing Purdue.

“I sort of passed on that because I didn’t really want to put ourselves in that situation”, he said. “That is an emphasis of mine and nothing is going to change at Michigan State“.

Yet another stiff challenge on Central Michigan’s schedule?

According to Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio, HBO’s “Hard Knocks” offered to film an all-access show about Spartans football this season.

Perles waded through the Central Michigan crowd to reach Keilitz in the tunnel, congratulating him on the Chippewas’ victory.

“It’s always great to measure yourself against the very best”, Chippewas coach John Bonamego said. He’s certainly a class act. But until it happens, I believe in green. We say that every week. “We had guys, so they’re also sharing those responsibilities”. So there is certainly a respect level from us. (Running backs coach) Gino Guidugli was a graduate assistant there. My biggest criticism of Cook was on MSU’s first pass play of the game. Our Director of Football Operations, Reed Schuitema, is a graduate from there. “They wouldn’t be here if not for that, so we’ll be just fine“. We overlap a lot in recruiting. The Spartans enter the in-state battle as heavy favorites.

Rather than fade late and let a lead shrink, as they did in the first three games, the No. 2 Spartans controlled the fourth quarter and won 30-10. The CMU senior caught 10 passes for 147 yards and a touchdown in last week’s overtime loss at Syracuse. Saturday’s game marked your third loss to a team from a Power 5 conference this season, in this case the No. 2-ranked team in the country.

The Chips are averaging just 84 yards per game in 2015 at 2.5 yards per carry.

“It was pretty awesome”, Klink, a 1988 Port Huron Northern graduate, said. It was only twice, but if that’s not intimidating to an opposing offense I’m not sure what is. We got players. We got players! “Of course I was nervous because everybody has pregame nerves but once you get in there it is just like a practice, or easier than practice because you’re prepared and you’ve worked for it”. For MSU to continue making its case as one of the nation’s top teams, the defense will need to tighten up. “I’m looking forward to the opportunity and the challenge”.

Finley appeared in six games last season to earn his first letter, getting a season-high 29 snaps in the win over Eastern Michigan. Michigan State has already lost linebacker Ed Davis and cornerback Vayante Copeland for the year, but there’s nobody else to add to the list at this point.

“It would be awesome (to win)”, Rush said. We made it through the game clean. “So my feeling is that we’ve got depth on this football team, and (injuries) won’t be an excuse not to play well”.

In between, London scored on a 6-yard run to cap off the Spartans’ opening drive.


“We don’t break down”, the fifth-year senior defensive end said.

Vayante Copeland started the first two games of Michigan State's season