Scores

Final

Youngstown St 17

(2-1, 0-1 away)

Michigan State 55

(3-0, 3-0 home)

Coverage: BTN

2:00 PM ET, September 14, 2013

Spartan Stadium, EAST LANSING, MI

1 2 3 4 T
YSU 3 7 7 017
MSU 21 14 14 655

Top Performers

Passing: C. Cook (MSU) - 202 YDS, 4 TD

Rushing: J. Langford (MSU) - 15 CAR, 68 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: M. Kings Jr. (MSU) - 4 REC, 61 YDS, 1 TD

Michigan St routs Youngstown St 55-17

Associated Press

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Connor Cook threw four touchdown passes in the first half, and the Michigan State offense finally looked smooth in a 55-17 victory over Youngstown State on Saturday.

Cook went 15 of 22 for 202 yards before being replaced by Tyler O'Connor early in the third quarter.

Michigan State (3-0) needed one of its quarterbacks to show progress after the defense accounted for four of the team's six touchdowns in the first two games. Cook looked sharp, albeit against an opponent from the Football Championship Subdivision, and now the Spartans can prepare to play Notre Dame next weekend.

Kurt Hess was 11 of 27 for 121 yards and a touchdown for Youngstown State (2-1).

Cook, O'Connor and Andrew Maxwell shared the quarterbacking duties in Michigan State's first two games, and none of them overwhelmed. Before the Spartans' first offensive possession Saturday, some fans were already chanting for freshman quarterback Damion Terry, who hasn't played yet and can still redshirt.

Terry wasn't needed Saturday. Cook started and led Michigan State to a 35-10 halftime lead.

Cook's first drive didn't require much -- the Spartans took over at the Youngstown State 24-yard line after a punt and a penalty on the Penguins. Jeremy Langford's 3-yard touchdown run opened the scoring.

After a Youngstown State field goal, Cook threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Andre Sims. Later in the first quarter, Cook faked handoffs to two different teammates on one play before finding Trevon Pendleton for a 12-yard touchdown.

Shilique Calhoun, the Michigan State defensive end who already has three touchdowns this year, didn't score any Saturday, but he did have a sack and a fumble recovery in the first half. The latter was immediately followed by Cook's 24-yard TD pass to Macgarrett Kings that made it 28-10.

Cook added a 17-yard scoring pass to Bennie Fowler with 1:50 remaining in the second quarter.

It's hard to say how much of a step forward this was for Michigan State, which finished with 547 yards of offense. Youngstown State is one of the better teams in the FCS, and the Penguins beat Pittsburgh last season. But the real test for the Spartans comes next weekend at Notre Dame.

Nick Hill rushed for 83 yards on nine carries for Michigan State, including a 35-yard touchdown in the third quarter. Langford added a 2-yard scoring run that made it 49-10.

Martin Ruiz ran for a 5-yard touchdown in the second quarter for Youngstown State, and he caught a 34-yard TD pass from Hess in the third.

Michigan State equaled its highest-scoring game since a 61-14 victory over Illinois in 2005. The Spartans have now scored 55 points three times since then.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
YSU
MSU
1st Downs830
Total Yards172547
Passing121270
Rushing51277
Penalties5-302-19
3rd Down Conversions2-1210-15
4th Down Conversions1-11-1
Turnovers21
Possession20:5139:09

Passing Leaders

Youngstown StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Hess11/271214.510
Michigan StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Cook15/222029.240

Rushing Leaders

Youngstown StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Ruiz11363.3116
Stubbs284.005
Michigan StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Hill9839.2135
Langford15684.5217

Receiving Leaders

Youngstown StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Ruiz45714.3134
Stubbs34715.7035
Michigan StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Kings Jr.46115.3124
Burbridge34414.7026

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERYSUMSU
TD11:49Jeremy Langford 3 Yd Run (Kevin Muma Kick) 07
FG08:38Joey Cejudo 34 Yd 37
TD06:23Andre Sims Jr. 13 Yd Pass From Connor Cook (Kevin Muma Kick) 314
TD01:11Trevon Pendleton 12 Yd Pass From Connor Cook (Kevin Muma Kick) 321
SECOND QUARTERYSUMSU
TD04:57Martin Ruiz 5 Yd Run (Joey Cejudo Kick) 1021
TD03:24Macgarrett Kings Jr. 24 Yd Pass From Connor Cook (Kevin Muma Kick) 1028
TD01:50Bennie Fowler 17 Yd Pass From Connor Cook (Kevin Muma Kick) 1035
THIRD QUARTERYSUMSU
TD12:12Nick Hill 35 Yd Run (Kevin Muma Kick) 1042
TD03:58Jeremy Langford 2 Yd Run (Kevin Muma Kick) 1049
TD01:36Martin Ruiz 34 Yd Pass From Kurt Hess (Joey Cejudo Kick) 1749
FOURTH QUARTERYSUMSU
FG07:37Kevin Muma 20 Yd 1752
FG05:22Kevin Muma 22 Yd 1755

Research Notes

Connor Cook (MSU): 1st Michigan State QB with 4 TD passes in a game since Brian Hoyer in 2007 vs Penn State (also 4) and the 1st to do it without throwing an interception since Drew Stanton in 2005 at Illinois (5 TD, 0 Int).
Michigan State QB Connor Cook threw for four touchdown passes in the first half. Entering the game, Michigan State had not thrown a touchdown pass all season.

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