Scores

Final

South Florida 6

(0-2, 0-1 away)

Michigan State 21

(2-0, 2-0 home)

Coverage: ESPNU

12:00 PM ET, September 7, 2013

Spartan Stadium, EAST LANSING, MI

1 2 3 4 T
USF 0 6 0 06
MSU 0 7 7 721

Top Performers

Passing: A. Maxwell (MSU) - 40 YDS

Rushing: M. Shaw (USF) - 23 CAR, 94 YDS

Receiving: A. Davis (USF) - 2 REC, 41 YDS

Michigan State shuts down South Florida 21-6

Associated Press

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Shilique Calhoun scored on a fumble return and an interception return, enabling Michigan State to overcome another poor offensive performance in a 21-6 victory over South Florida on Saturday.

The Spartans (2-0) rotated Connor Cook, Tyler O'Connor and Andrew Maxwell at quarterback, but their offense contributed only one touchdown. The defense has scored four of Michigan State's six TDs this season.

South Florida (0-2) was routed in its opener by McNeese State, and the Bulls couldn't get anything going offensively Saturday. Bobby Eveld was 6 of 25 for 66 yards with a fumble and an interception.

Michigan State's offense finally scored in the fourth quarter when Jeremy Langford ran 2 yards for a touchdown. That drive was only 33 yards after a short South Florida punt.

Michigan State's defense scored two of the team's three touchdowns in a season-opening win over Western Michigan last week. That included a fumble return by Calhoun, a 6-foot-4, 250-pound defensive end.

Calhoun opened the scoring Saturday with a 4-yard fumble return in the second quarter, and with Michigan State clinging to a 7-6 lead in the third, Eveld was hit as he threw. The ball floated to Calhoun, who returned it 56 yards for another touchdown.

Neither Maxwell nor Cook was very effective in Michigan State's opener, and Maxwell didn't play at all in the first half Saturday. After a 67-minute weather delay before the opening kickoff, Cook got the start for the Spartans. He went 6 of 11 for 32 yards in the game and also lost a fumble.

O'Connor, a redshirt freshman, came in near the end of the first quarter, and on his second drive, the Spartans made it all the way to the South Florida 3-yard line. But they couldn't reach the end zone and came away with no points when Kevin Muma missed a 25-yard field goal.

On the next play, Michigan State finally scored when Eveld was hit by Tyler Hoover and lost the ball. Calhoun scooped it up and took it in.

South Florida's Marvin Kloss kicked two field goals before halftime -- the second came after a fumble by Michigan State punt returner Andre Sims.

Eveld was replaced after his interception by Steven Bench, but he returned by the end of the third quarter. Matt Floyd, who threw two interceptions against McNeese State, did not play against Michigan State.

Marcus Shaw ran for 94 yards on 23 carries for the Bulls.

Maxwell started the second half for Michigan State and went 4 of 9 for 40 yards.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
USF
MSU
1st Downs1216
Total Yards155265
Passing6694
Rushing89171
Penalties8-559-94
3rd Down Conversions1-134-14
4th Down Conversions0-11-2
Turnovers22
Possession29:2130:39

Passing Leaders

South FloridaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Eveld6/25662.601
Michigan StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Maxwell4/9404.400

Rushing Leaders

South FloridaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Shaw23944.1024
Pierre5153.008
Michigan StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Hill9637.0023
Langford9384.218

Receiving Leaders

South FloridaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Davis24120.5025
Hopkins2147.0010
Michigan StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Kings Jr.3248.0013
Langford5214.209

Scoring Summary

SECOND QUARTERUSFMSU
TD09:30Shilique Calhoun 4 Yd Fumble Return (Kevin Muma Kick)
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07
FG02:06Marvin Kloss 49 Yd
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37
FG00:03Marvin Kloss 21 Yd
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67
THIRD QUARTERUSFMSU
TD06:51Shilique Calhoun 56 Yd Interception Return (Kevin Muma Kick)
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614
FOURTH QUARTERUSFMSU
TD10:12Jeremy Langford 2 Yd Run (Kevin Muma Kick)
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621