The Michigan State football team traveled to Piscataway, New Jersey this weekend to take on the team from Rutgers. The Spartans will return to East Lansing sporting a 3-0 Big Ten record, while the Scarlet Knights remain winless in the conference.
Big Plays For Spartans
The final score, 31-13, demonstrates the domination of Michigan State. Running back Kenneth Walker had a 94-yard touchdown run. This set a new school record for longest running play. There were also touchdown passes caught by Spartan receiver Jalen Nailor from quarterback Payton Thorne. What is most remarkable is the length of these passing plays; 63, 63, and 65 yards.
“We still have multiple playmakers that y’all haven’t seen yet,” said Nailor, who finished with five catches for a career-best 221 yards, a stadium record. “We have a lot of young guys that are emerging, but it’s just getting more in tune with the playbook and we’ve just been working hard, just trying to get everybody on the same page so far.”Jalen Nailor, Michigan State Wide Receiver
Walker finished with 233 yards rushing. He is averaging 152.2 yards per game.
“The team is hungry,” Tucker said. “We still have a lot to prove and we haven’t played our best football.”Mel Tucker, Michigan State Head Coach
Scarlet Knight Woes
The loss by Rutgers this week marked their third loss in a row; however, all three loses were against highly ranked opponents. Two weeks ago, the victor was Michigan, and last week it was Ohio State. This puts Rutgers at a concerning 0-3 in Big Ten Conference play.
Rutgers head coach, Greg Schiano, had this to say about his team:
“I look at this game, we gave up big plays,” Rutgers coach Greg Schiano said. “We gave up four big plays. Haven’t done that. We haven’t given up big plays. You give up big plays, it’s going to be hard to do anything, right? You’re behind the 8-ball.”Greg Schiano, Rutgers Head Coach
Next week, Rutgers travels to Northwestern for another conference battle. That game is on Saturday October 16, and it begins at 11:00 am Eastern Time.
Michigan State will be heading to Indiana to have a contest with the Hoosiers. This game also begins at 11:00 am Eastern Time, and it is a conference game.
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