Week 1: Michigan State 35 Bowling Green 10
In the season opener, the Spartans hosted Bowling Green and dominated the game. The Falcons got on the board first with a 36 yard field goal before the Spartans ran off 35 unanswered points. A fourth quarter touchdown by Bowling Green on a 46-yard fumble recovery ended the scoring, culminating in a 25-point win for Michigan State.
Brian Lewerke lead the Michigan State attack with 250 yards passing and three touchdowns. He also lead the Spartans on the ground with 69 yards on eight attempts. Lewerke found Felton Davis III twice for touchdowns, one from 4 yards out and one from 8. Matt Sokol also found the endzone on a 13 yard strike from Lewerke.
Darrell Stewart Jr lead the Spartans with 6 receptions for 85 yards. On the ground, Madre London gained 54 yards on 10 carries with a touchdown. On the downside, LJ Scott gained only 39 yards on 15 carries and lost two fumbles.
On the defensive side of the ball, Tyson Smith got the only interception of the game, returning it 38 yards for a touchdown to end the scoring for the Spartans. Overall, the defense dominated, allowing only 2.8 yards per attempt and 212 total yards.
Week 2: Michigan State 28 Western Michigan 14
The Spartans continued where they left off in week one against the Western Michigan Broncos, productive on offense and dominating on defense in a 28-14 win.
Quarterback Brian Lewerke threw for a modest 161 yards and a touchdown, but lead the ground game again, rushing for 81 yards on nine attempts and two touchdowns. His favorite target was Felton Davis III, who hauled in four passes for 69 yards.
Running back LJ Scott rebounded after a poor game against Western Michigan, rushing for 86 yards on 18 carries. He found the endzone twice, one on the ground and one in the passing game.
Defensively, the Spartans were in shutdown mode for the second week, allowing only 2.9 yards to pass and 3.2 yards on the ground. All told, the Broncos managed just 195 total yards.
The Broncos only scores were on a 100 yard kickoff return and a 67 yard fumble recovery. It's worth noting that this is the second straight game that the Spartans have had a fumble returned for a touchdown. Against better teams, this could pose a problem.
All told, another solid win for the Spartans, who are now 2-0 heading into play versus Notre Dame on September 23.
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