No. 2 Spartans beat CMU 30-10, but injuries mounting

“I’m pretty sure Coach D. ain’t tripping, so we’re cool”, MSU sophomore defensive tackle Malik McDowell said of his coach, who was least pleased with his team’s third-down defense against CMU (1-3) and quarterback Cooper Rush, but glad to see his senior quarterback, Connor Cook, tie Kirk Cousins for most wins in program history (27).


The all-Michigan game today between Central Michigan and Michigan State will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network (BTN). MSU continued its winning ways over Air Force, 35-21, and Central Michigan, 30-10.

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

Finley, loose and ready for his next opportunity, reflected Tuesday on the moment he was told to go in for Conklin with the game against Central Michigan in the balance. Gregory Phillips had an outstanding performance for the Boilermakers, totaling four receptions for 92 yards and one TD. Junior receiver Anthony Rice caught eight passes for 78 yards and a touchdown for the Chippewas. They aren’t going to wow you with the amount of points they put up, they are a middle of the pack team only throwing up 33 points a game. Now the betting odds for the game have the Spartans favored by almost four touchdowns at home. That loss to the Chippewas is still the only time under Dantonio that Michigan State has lost to a Mid-American Conference team.

Sure, that 1-3 record came to fruition but is this the way anyone envisioned it happening? The Spartans won the last meeting 41-7 in Mt. Pleasant in 2012. We have to play a very, very good football game in terms of mistakes and were going to have to execute at a very high level.”. There’s also a good chance Michigan State could go to a true freshman, including taking the redshirt off players like Josh Butler or David Dowell. “That’s something we pride ourselves in, being a great tackling football team and we’ll continue to work to improve”.

No. 19 USC at Arizona State, 10:30 p.m., ESPN: USC is licking its wounds from last week, while Arizona State is just flat walking wounded.

While Central Michigan had trouble getting out of its own way early and fell into a 17-0 trap that looked to be too daunting of a task to pull out of, a late touchdown in the first half made things interesting once again. This week the conversation focused on what it will take to replace the three players absent from key positions – a problem Michigan State has avoided during most of its recent ascent. While his Spartans are undefeated and No. 2 in the AP Poll, the Texans look to be one of the worst teams in the NFL.

Michigan State enters the contest at 3-0, with the signature victory coming September.


The Purdue defense has forced an average of 2.5 turnovers per game this season. “We’re not happy with a loss, we don’t except losing, ever, and never will. We just have to find a way in the future to finish those games out and win them“.

Michigan State's Aaron Burbridge comes down with a reception for a touchdown against Air Force's Kalon Baker right and Dexter Walker during an NCAA college football game in East Lansi