Michigan State halts skid by walloping Rutgers

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

Josiah Price opens the scoring for Michigan State on Saturday in East Lansing. Getty Images photo

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Michigan State got back on the winning track in fine fashion with a 49-0 Big Ten football triumph over Rutgers in a battle of 2-7 squads at Spartan Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

MSU entered the contest mired in a seven-game losing streak while Rutgers had suffered six straight setbacks. The two shared the Big Ten basement with 0-6 league records coming in.

Despite their string of losses, the Spartans took the field as 14-point favorites.

The teams burst right out of the locker room by trading a pair of three-and-outs — first Michigan State and then Rutgers. The Spartans got on the board midway through the opener when Tyler O’Connor hurled a 2-yard TD pass to Josiah Price for a 7-0 lead and came right back 18 seconds later with Demetrious Cox’s 30-yard interception return for a touchdown and a 14-0 bulge at the 8:03 juncture.

That was followed by a 50-yard scoring strike from O’Connor to Trishton Jackson for a 21-0 advantage with 5:22 to go in the initial period. That score held up until the first break.

The second quarter witnessed the two trading possessions until the midway point, when MSU mounted a drive that culminated with O’Connor throwing to Price for a 4-yard touchdown and a 28-0 margin with 7:07 showing on the clock. With time running out in the second stanza, L.J. Scott tallied a 1-yard touchdown run for a 35-0 edge that stood up until halftime.

The third period belonged to Michigan State’s Madre London. He opened the second-half scoring with a 2-yard touchdown run with 6:54 left in the third for a 42-0 lead and then scored his second TD on an 8-yard run to put MSU up 49-0 with 1:40 remaining in the frame.

By that time both schools were substituting freely at most positions.

The finale featured a scoreless deadlock, setting the final score at 49-0 as coach Mark Dantonio emptied the Spartans bench.

MSU improved to 3-7 overall and 1-6 in the Big Ten entering next Saturday’s final home game of the season against Ohio State.

Rutgers dipped to 2-8 overall and 0-7 in the conference. The Scarlet Knights will play host to Penn State next Saturday.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s