Scores

Final

W Michigan 13

(0-1, 0-1 away)

Michigan State 26

(1-0, 1-0 home)

Coverage: BTN

8:00 PM ET, August 30, 2013

Spartan Stadium, EAST LANSING, MI

1 2 3 4 T
WMU 0 7 0 613
MSU 7 6 6 726

Top Performers

Passing: Z. Terrell (WMU) - 120 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: J. Langford (MSU) - 20 CAR, 94 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: C. Davis (WMU) - 8 REC, 96 YDS, 1 TD

Michigan State beats Western Michigan 26-13

Associated Press

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Jeremy Langford's 2-yard touchdown run late in the first half broke a tie and he finished with a career-high 94 yards rushing, helping Michigan State beat Western Michigan 26-13 Friday night.

The Spartans (1-0) struggled on offense, rotating ineffective quarterback Andrew Maxwell and Connor Cook, and scored two touchdowns on defense.

Jairus Jones had two interceptions, the first of which turned into a score with his lateral to Kurtis Drummond, whose 21-yard return was the game's first score midway through the first quarter

The Broncos (0-1) tied the game with 6:14 left in the second quarter, but couldn't do enough on offense to keep the game close in coach P.J. Fleck debut with the Mid-American Conference team.

Langford's go-ahead TD was followed up by two field goals in the third quarter and Shilique Calhoun's fumble return with 9:02 left to play that made it 26-7.

Zach Terrell replaced banged-up QB Tyler Van Tubbergen in the second quarter and threw for a TD on his first pass, connecting with wide-open tight end Clark Mussman for a 14-yard score to tie the game.

Terrell , who was 12 of 28 for 120 yards with two TDs, including a 14-yard pass to Corey Davis with 1:51 left, also threw an interception and lost a fumble. Van Tubbergen was 6 of 20 for 73 yards and two interceptions.

Maxwell started the game and was replaced by Cook after three shaky drives.

Cook, though, didn't fare much better and took turns on the sideline while Maxwell got more chances to play.

Maxwell was 11 of 21 for 74 yards. Cook completed 6 of 16 passes for 42 yards and ran for 35 yards.

The game was delayed for nearly an hour during the second quarter because of lightning.

Michigan State's best chance to score was when Western Michigan had the ball.

Drummond was the first to score in the sluggish game -- with 22 combined punts -- and made a one-handed interception, leaping to snag Van Tubbergen's pass in the first quarter.

Michigan State was in a position to lead by more than two touchdowns midway through the fourth quarter, but the Broncos recovered Langford's fumble at their 28.

The Spartans, though, were able to count on their defense to keep the score lopsided. Terrell was sacked and fumbled, allowing Calhoun to scoop up the football and return it for a score.

Michigan State's defense was expected to be good this season while there were a lot of questions about who should take snaps, and those weren't answered in the season-opening game.

Maxwell, a fifth-year senior, narrowly won the job this summer and held off candidates such as Cook for the job. The Spartans will likely give both players, and perhaps other options, such as freshman Damion Terry, get a chance to compete for playing time during the next week before hosting South Florida.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
WMU
MSU
1st Downs1418
Total Yards204297
Passing193116
Rushing11181
Penalties7-656-75
3rd Down Conversions4-205-19
4th Down Conversions1-10-0
Turnovers41
Possession26:4633:14

Passing Leaders

Western MichiganC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Terrell12/281204.321
Michigan StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Maxwell11/21743.500

Rushing Leaders

Western MichiganCARYDSAVGTDLG
Fields12242.0011
Chance591.805
Michigan StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Langford20944.7118
Cook4358.8016

Receiving Leaders

Western MichiganRECYDSAVGTDLG
Davis89612.0122
Keith35518.3045
Michigan StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Fowler33411.3026
Mumphery4246.009

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERWMUMSU
TD06:27Kurtis Drummond 21 Yd Interception Return (Kevin Muma Kick) 07
SECOND QUARTERWMUMSU
TD06:14Clark Mussman 14 Yd Pass From Zach Terrell (Andrew Haldeman Kick) 77
TD00:22Jeremy Langford 2 Yd Run (Pat Failed) 713
THIRD QUARTERWMUMSU
FG04:45Kevin Muma 20 Yd 716
FG00:06Kevin Muma 30 Yd 719
FOURTH QUARTERWMUMSU
TD09:02Shilique Calhoun 16 Yd Fumble Return (Kevin Muma Kick) 726
TD01:51Corey Davis 14 Yd Pass From Zach Terrell (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 1326