Michigan State scores late TD, beats Rutgers 14-10
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Down by three against lowly Rutgers in the last home game of the season, Michigan State pulled out all the stops.
"I think we called every play out there on the sheet," Spartans coach Mark Dantonio said. "Some more than once, but you've got to execute."
Spartans, Wildcats have plenty of room for improvement
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Two years ago, Michigan State and Northwestern combined for 94 points. Last season, they threw for over 800 yards.
Their next meeting is this weekend, but both teams have issues that could prevent another shootout.
"I think, for our football team, we got to get some players back who are hurt," Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio said. "I think we're going to do that."
They are father and son. But they are parent and college student as well. So when their paths cross on Michigan State's campus — usually inside the Duffy Daugherty Football Building, where Cody White is a freshman wide receiver and Sheldon White works as the Spartans' executive director of player personnel — the interactions are about what you'd expect.
Spartans’ offensive diversity bodes well for future
Piscataway, N.J. — This, in part, is why a Michigan State coaching staff can feel upbeat about 2018.
The Spartans not only are senior-deprived, with scads of starters and backups intact, they persist in having more and more youngsters share in the workload, as was the case Saturday when they pounded Rutgers, 40-7, at High Point Solutions Stadium.
The first time Cody White visited Michigan State as a recruit, he was only a freshman. At that point, he had not played varsity yet and was a quarterback.
It may have been hard then to predict he would be starting for the Spartans as a freshman in college four years later, but that early starting point with MSU made a difference in his recruitment.
East Lansing — Through the first five games of his career, Michigan State wide receiver Cody White was playing like most freshmen seeing their first college action.
He would be in for a handful of plays, be targeted a few times and slowly get his feet wet in the Spartans' offense.
Michigan State wide receiver Cody White has been named Big Ten co-Freshman of the Week for his performance in the Spartans' triple-overtime loss to Northwestern on Saturday.
White, from Walled Lake Western, had nine catches for 165 yards – the highest single-game yardage total for a freshman in MSU history. White also scored two touchdowns.
White shares the honor with Indiana receiver Whop Philyor, who had 13 catches for 127 yards and one TD in a loss to Maryland.
Northwestern quarterback Clayton Thorson was carving up the MSU defense as the Wildcats marched into Spartans territory.
But then something funny happened: MSU forced a turnover.
On an 11-yard completion to Ramaud Bowman, Andrew Dowell ripped the ball away from the receiver and the Spartans pounced to take possession at their own 28
Fort Myers (Fla.) Dunbar senior wide receiver Shocky Jacques-Louis has been committed to Tennessee since August, but other schools have not backed off, and with uncertainty brewing in Knoxville, Jacques-Louis has been more apt to listen.
He visited Michigan and Kentucky this season, and now Michigan State is on his radar.
East Lansing — Last Saturday, MSU pulled out a closely contested 17-9 win against Indiana. The offense looked stagnant but prevailed with two huge touchdowns in the fourth quarter, proving to be just enough for the Spartans to improve to 4-0 in the Big Ten.
True freshman wide receiver Cody White (Walled Lake Western) played a critical role on both touchdown drives. Now, it looks like that performance has earned him a starting spot.
Here are five takeaways from Matt Charboneau following Michigan State's 17-9 win over Indiana on Saturday.
East Lansing — One is a legacy, the other just feels like it, since he sees his dad around the football building every day.
But for Michigan State's rookie receiving tandem — freshmen Hunter Rison and Cody White — this still felt like a coming-of-age moment. Because as the Spartans salvaged a win Saturday, rallying in the fourth quarter for a 17-9 victory over Indiana, it was the kids who came up with the biggest plays.
East Lansing — There's rarely an easy week in the Big Ten, and Michigan State was reminded of that Saturday at homecoming at Spartan Stadium.
Trailing into the fourth quarter, No. 18 Michigan State got a 10-yard touchdown pass from Brian Lewerke to Felton Davis with 5:59 to play in the game to give the Spartans a 17-9 victory over Indiana.