NCAAF Game Recap - Western Michigan at Michigan State
Sat Sep 7, 2019 7:30 PM EDT

TxAM
10
Clem
24
F
NMSt
10
Ala
62
F
Murr
17
UGA
63
F
SD
14
Okla
70
F
Cin
0
OHSt
42
F
LSU
45
Tex
38
F
Army
21
Mich
24
F(1OT)
Tul
6
Aub
24
F
UT-M
0
Fla
45
F
NIU
17
Utah
35
F
Cal
20
Wash
19
F
Buff
13
PSU
45
F
Nev
6
Oreg
77
F
C Mi
0
Wisc
61
F
UCF
48
FlAtl
14
F
WestMI
17
MSU
51
F
Rut
0
Iowa
30
F
Syr
20
MD
63
F
NoCol
17
WaSt
59
F
Stan
20
USC
45
F
Marsh
7
Boise
14
F
Neb
31
Colo
34
F OT
Wake
41
Rice
21
F
W&M
17
UVA
52
F
SacSt
7
AzSt
19
F
Ohio
10
Pitt
20
F
(N/A)
23
Kent
26
F
WVU
7
Mizzu
38
F
Sou
24
Mem
55
F
BGSU
0
K St
52
F
OD
17
VaTec
31
F
ChaSo
10
SCar
72
F
Vand
24
Purd
42
F
UAB
31
Akr
20
F
WCU
0
NCSt
41
F
SoFL
10
GATec
14
F
Ford
29
Ball
57
F
TnTec
17
MiaOH
48
F
SMiss
15
MisSt
38
F
Gram
14
LaTec
20
F
SIU
45
UMass
20
F
E Il
0
Ind
52
F
Ill
31
UConn
23
F
Rich
13
BC
45
F
Char
41
App
56
F
WIl
13
ColSt
38
F
UTSA
14
Bayl
63
F
SDSU
23
UCLA
14
F
ULMon
44
FlaSt
45
F OT
Maine
18
GaSo
26
F
GWebb
9
ECU
48
F
NCAT
13
Duke
45
F
Furm
42
GASt
48
F
Wyo
23
TxSt
14
F
JacSt
14
SoAl
37
F
NorTx
27
SMU
49
F
McNee
14
OkSt
56
F
TnSt
26
MidTN
45
F
CoCar
12
Kans
7
F
BYU
29
Tenn
26
F(1OT)
E Ky
0
Lou
42
F
W Ky
20
FLInt
14
F
Stony
7
UtSt
62
F
Ark
17
Miss
31
F
Lib
14
ULLaf
35
F
E Mi
17
KY
38
F
UTEP
3
TxTch
38
F
PVAM
17
Hou
37
F
MiaFL
25
UNC
28
F
Tuls
34
SJSU
16
F
ArkSt
43
UNLV
17
F
Minn
38
Fres
35
F(1OT)
NoAZ
41
Ariz
65
F
OreSt
28
Hawaii
31
F

Sep 7, 2019, 7:30 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Western Michigan (1-1)

0

7

0

10

17

(19) Michigan State (2-0)

21

10

6

14

51

Offense responds for No. 19 Spartans in 51-17 win over WMU
Sun Sep 8, 2019 12:32 AM

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Brian Lewerke understood why his coach was so annoyed after an uneven performance last week in the season opener.

"He didn't want a repeat of last year," Lewerke said. "Neither do I."

Lewerke threw for 314 yards and three touchdowns, and No. 19 Michigan State responded to coach Mark Dantonio's call for a more complete performance, beating Western Michigan 51-17 on Saturday night. Darrell Stewart had 10 catches for 185 yards for the Spartans. The victory gave Dantonio a share of the school record for victories.

Dantonio won his 109th game for the Spartans, matching Duffy Daugherty's mark. Michigan State (2-0) looked a lot sharper on offense than in its opener against Tulsa. The Spartans scored touchdowns on their first three drives. Elijah Collins finished with 192 yards on 17 carries.

"A great game by our entire football team I felt," said Dantonio, who shifted roles around on his offensive staff after a disappointing 2018 season. "Came out energized, and certainly our offense had a lot of big plays early in the game."

Dantonio called his team out during the week for its performance in the opener, even though Michigan State won that game 28-7. The Spartans appeared to get the message. On the first offensive play Saturday, Lewerke found an open Stewart for a 33-yard gain. Michigan State opened the scoring on a 2-yard pass from Lewerke to Matt Dotson after only 94 seconds.

"We knew that we could come out here and make things happen," Stewart said. "It's a beautiful feeling when everything's clicking."

La'Darius Jefferson added a 2-yard touchdown run, and Stewart scored on a 42-yard reception later in the first quarter to make it 21-0.

WMU (1-1) scored in the second quarter on a 14-yard pass from Jon Wassink to Giovanni Ricci, but the Broncos were down 31-7 at halftime.

"All the credit to that defense there," Ricci said. "They're a very good defense, a very good team. Michigan State came out to play but I felt like we have a lot to learn from them."

The second half belonged to Collins, a redshirt freshman who broke free for a 58-yard run early in the third quarter. By game's end, Michigan State had reached its highest point total since a 55-16 win over Penn State in 2015.

"I thought we were in rhythm," Dantonio said. "The plays were coming in very fast. There was success on them. I thought Lewerke played outstanding. You can see what he can do when he's healthy and he's confident."

THE TAKEAWAY

WMU: The Broncos had problems in coverage and let Stewart get free too many times. WMU forced two turnovers in the second quarter - and one of those gave the Broncos the ball at the Michigan State 17 - but did not score after either one.

"We were playing a top 20 team. When you get opportunities, you've got to capitalize on them," WMU coach Tim Lester said.

Michigan State: This was a good response by the Spartans after their coach's dissatisfaction. The only real issue for Michigan State was the aforementioned turnovers. The Spartans lost an interception and a fumble in the first half but weren't punished. Michigan State cut down significantly on penalties. After 14 in the opener, the Spartans had only two Saturday.

INJURY

Receiver Jalen Nailor did not dress for the game for Michigan State. Dantonio said he has a lower leg injury but is expected back at some point this season.

ON THE GROUND

Michigan State held Tulsa to minus-73 yards rushing. WMU finished in positive territory with 67, but that was still only 2.5 yards per rush.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

No issues for Michigan State this week. The Spartans took a step forward offensively, and that was their biggest concern.

UP NEXT

WMU: Hosts Georgia State next Saturday night.

Michigan State: Hosts Arizona State on Saturday. Michigan State lost to the Sun Devils 16-13 last year.

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Passing

WestMI Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
J. Wassink 37 23 62.2 1 252 43 2 68.8
G. Alstott 4 4 100.0 1 33 15 0 140.6
MSU Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
B. Lewerke 32 23 71.9 3 314 42 1 121.1
D. Stewart Jr. 1 1 100.0 0 17 17 0 118.8

Rushing

WestMI Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
L. Bellamy 15 44 2.9 8 0
S. Tyler 4 31 7.8 26 0
MSU Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
E. Collins 17 192 11.3 58 0
A. Williams Jr. 6 35 5.8 17 0

Receiving

WestMI Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
K. Mixon Jr. 4 71 17.8 43 0
G. Ricci 6 53 8.8 14 1
MSU Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
D. Stewart Jr. 10 185 18.5 42 1
C. White 5 63 12.6 20 1

Fumbles

Returning

WestMI KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
K. Mixon Jr. 3 26.3 0 34 0 - 0 0
D. Tucker 1 23.0 0 23 0 - 0 0
MSU KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
D. Stewart Jr. 2 20.5 0 25 0 - 0 0
J. Barnett 1 7.0 0 7 0 - 0 0

Punting

WestMI Punt Yds Avg LgPu
N. Mihalic 4 192 48.0 61
MSU Punt Yds Avg LgPu
J. Hartbarger 1 42 42.0 42

Takeaways

WestMI Int Yds InTD
N. Clayton 1 0 0
MSU Int Yds InTD
T. Thompson 1 0 0
X. Henderson 1 0 0

Team Stats Comparison

WestMI MSU
Points For 17 51
Total Yards 352 582
Rushing Yards 67 251
Passing Yards 285 331
Passing Completions / Attempts 27/41 24/33
Turnovers 3 2
Interceptions Thrown 2 1
Fumbles - Lost 1/1 1/1
First Downs 18 31
Penalties - Yards 7/46 2/20
Time Of Possession 51:51 9:09
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 5/16 7/10
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 3/3 0/0
Punts - Average Yards 4/48 1/42

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter WestMI MSU
MSU 1:34 TD Matt Dotson 2 yd pass from Brian Lewerke (Matt Coghlin kick) 0 7
MSU 6:46 TD La'Darius Jefferson 2 yd run (Matt Coghlin kick) 0 14
MSU 13:01 TD Darrell Stewart Jr. 42 yd pass from Brian Lewerke (Matt Coghlin kick) 0 21
2nd Quarter WestMI MSU
WestMI 3:26 TD Giovanni Ricci 14 yd pass from Jon Wassink (Thiago Kapps kick) 7 21
MSU 10:28 TD Cody White 2 yd pass from Brian Lewerke (Matt Coghlin kick) 7 28
MSU 15:00 FG Matt Coghlin 38 yd FG 7 31
3rd Quarter WestMI MSU
MSU 3:30 FG Matt Coghlin 23 yd FG 7 34
MSU 9:24 FG Matt Coghlin 20 yd FG 7 37
4th Quarter WestMI MSU
MSU 1:23 TD La'Darius Jefferson 1 yd run (Matt Coghlin kick) 7 44
WestMI 6:19 FG Thiago Kapps 31 yd FG 10 44
MSU 10:58 TD Alante Thomas 1 yd run (Matt Coghlin kick) 10 51
WestMI 14:36 TD Ryan Selig 15 yd pass from Griffin Alstott (Thiago Kapps kick) 17 51

Game Information

Stadium: Spartan Stadium, East Lansing, Michigan
Attendance: 73,113
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