Saturday, October 12, 2013

Langford's four TDs lead Michigan State to 42-28 win over Indiana..

Jeremy Langford celebrates his second TD of the day as he led Michigan State to the win with four touchdowns.  Jarrad Henderson/DFP
Jeremy Langford celebrates his second
 TD of the day as he led Michigan State
 to the win with four touchdowns.
Jarrad Henderson/DFP
Jeremy Langford emerged as a major threat on offense in MSU's 42-8 homecoming win at Spartan Stadium. Langford had three rushing touchdowns and tacked on a receiving touchdown on the day. He had a total of 109 yards.
Freshman running back Delton Williams contributed as well with 92 yards on 12 carries. Connor Cook passed for 235 passing yds and 2 TDs.

Quarterback (B+): Connor Cook had a somewhat disappointing performance (232 yds, 2 TDs) and the offense was carried by the running game. Cook was an efficient though by completing 22/31 passes.
Running Backs (A+) : Langford broke out for 109 yards and FOUR total touchdowns and should be considered the #1 running back moving forward. Delton Williams had 92 yards on 12 carries and has emerged as a explosive complimentary back after not playing the first four games. RJ Shelton added a 34 yard run as well.
Wide Receivers (B): Bennie Fowler only caught one pass, a 34 yard longball touchdown, but left in the third quarter and did not return. Tony Lippet and Macgarett Kings Jr.were targeted most, and they caught a combined 11 passes for 92 yards. There hasn't been one single receiver thats been a consistent threat: no player has had a 100 yard game this year. I still think one receiver needs to emerge, and I'd think that one guy would be Bennie Fowler. (fowler's td:
Special Teams (B--, yes thats a b minus minus): Kings Jr. struggled and fumbled one out of his four punt returns. RJ Shelton took over punt return duties for the the return duties as well as his (lack of) time on kick returns (0). Standout Kicker Michael Geiger had no field goal attempts today but booted six out of six extra points. Mike Sadler boomed a 69 yard punt and continued his strong season.
The Defense didn't have it's strongest outing giving up 351 yards, 28 points, and 4 tds. But, they were able to pick of Indiana QB Tre Roberson once.

Three Cheers:

  1. Spartans were an efficient 10-14 on first downs.
  2. The two-headed running game led by Langford and Williams had 238 yards.
  3. For homecoming, Spartan Stadium was 98.5% full.
Three Jeers:
  1. Macgarett Kings was dismal on returns and in the receiving game (5 receptions and only 28 yards)
  2. The defense couldn't shut down either of Indiana's QBs.
  3. No one emerged as a receiving threat.
UP AHEAD: Michigan State has two easy games ahead, a cupcake at home against Purdue, and a trip to 3-2 Illinois.

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