Cent. Michigan 24, Michigan St. 20
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) _ Central Michigan spoiled Michigan State’s opener for the second straight year Saturday as Joe Youngblood threw two touchdown passes to Bryan Tice and helped the Chippewas beat the Spartans 24-20.
Central Michigan’s 20-3 upset a year ago sent the Spartans spiraling to a 3-8 season.
The Chippewas (1-1), of the Mid-American Conference, scored first and never trailed their Big Ten opponents.
Youngblood completed 17 of 22 passes for 163 yards, including TD strikes of 6 and 15 yards to Tice, who finished with six receptions for 78 yards.
Chuck Selinger kicked a 45-yard field goal and Brian Pruitt had a 7-yard touchdown run for Central Michigan.
Craig Thomas scored on a 2-yard run and Tico Duckett had two 1-yard TD runs for Michigan State (0-1). But Thomas lost a fumble at the goal line - which the Chippewas recovered in the end zone - and Jim DelVerne missed a 31-yard field goal attempt for the Spartans.
Jim Miller completed 21 of 26 passes for 216 yards for Michigan State.
On their second possession, the Chippewas drove 49 yards in nine plays. Central Michigan went ahead 7-0 when Youngblood rolled to his right and fired a 6-yard TD strike to Tice.
The Spartans, sparked by a 29-yard run by Duckett, went 79 yards in nine plays to tie it 7-7 with 5:16 left in the second quarter.
But that was as close as the Spartans would get.
The Chippewas took the ensuing kickoff and went 76 yards in six plays for a 14-7 halftime lead. Selinger’s field goal gave Central Michigan a 17-7 lead with 2:30 left in the third quarter.
The Spartans closed the gap to 17-14 with 37 seconds remaining in the period but the Chippewas iced it by taking the ensuing kickoff and driving 69 yards in 14 plays, running 6:33 off the clock in the process. Pruitt’s TD gave Central Michigan a 24-14 lead.