Michigan St stuffs Maryland after tumultuous week for Terps
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — A tumultuous week for Maryland ended with a sobering defeat.
Michigan State capped a rough stretch for the unsettled Terrapins football program, using a stout defensive performance to secure a 24-3 victory on Saturday.
The Terrapins (5-4, 3-3 Big Ten) managed only 100 yards and nine first downs for interim coach and offensive coordinator Matt Canada.
No. 21 Michigan State handles Central Michigan 31-20
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State played well for about 30 minutes, and that was more than enough.
The final score was closer than it could have been, though.
"It's just disappointing for me. It's something that we are very aware," quarterback Brian Lewerke said. "Offensively, we just kind of got stopped a little bit, little bit of the third and fourth quarter. Probably should have put up more points."
Heyward looks ready to contribute more for No. 15 Spartans
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Connor Heyward took the pitch from Brian Lewerke and had open field in front of him. Seconds later, he was in the end zone, having scored the biggest touchdown of his young college career.
"It always feels good to contribute in any way, whether you're getting the ball or if you're not," the Michigan State running back said. "When you do get the ball, you have to make the most of it."
Heyward helps No. 11 Michigan State beat Utah State 38-31
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State desperately needed a big play to avoid an upset and Felton Davis delivered.
Davis made a fully extended, 31-yard catch to help set up Connor Heyward's second touchdown with 2 minutes left to put the 11th-ranked Spartans ahead and they held on to beat Utah State 38-31 on Friday night.
Bob Wojnowski, Matt Charboneau and Angelique Chengelis talk about spring football and the latest news with Mark Dantonio's Spartans and Jim Harbaugh's Wolverines.
Here are some of the highlights from The Detroit News' College Football Show.
► 1:50: Matt Charboneau on the MSU offensive line
► 3:30: Quarterbacks Brian Lewerke, Rocky Lombardi, Theo Day
► 5:40: Running backs LJ Scott, Connor Heyward
► 7:00: Defensive starters, new coaches
► 8:30: Linebacker Joe Bachie, defensive end Kenny Willekes
East Lansing – Senior starter LJ Scott is Michigan State's known commodity at running back, but Connor Heyward took advantage of the spring game stage to show his versatility.
Heyward can run — he had 11 carries for 44 yards and a touchdown – he can catch out of the backfield and has worked at wildcat and threw a pass on a two-point conversion late in Michigan State's spring game at Spartan Stadium on Saturday.
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — LJ Scott is back. Beyond that, Michigan State's running game has plenty of questions.
East Lansing — LJ Scott isn't looking to give up too many carries this season, but when he does take a break during his senior season, he's confident to whom the ball will be going.
That will likely be Connor Heyward, who saw limited action last season as a freshman.
East Lansing — LJ Scott isn't quite being treated like an NFL veteran, but the Michigan State running back is hardly going to be pushed to the limit this spring.
That's because, as the Spartans continue spring practice this week, Scott is the only running back on the roster with any significant experience. Connor Heyward, who had three carries last season in limited action as a true freshman, is the only returning back that has touched the ball in a game.
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.
East Lansing — While Michigan State's offense is busy trying to kick-start its production, the same can be said for the special teams — specifically the punt returns.
It's been nearly six years since the Spartans returned a punt for a touchdown, dating to Nov. 26, 2011, when Keyshawn Martin took one back 57 yards for a score against Northwestern. The teams meet again Saturday in Evanston, Ill.
East Lansing — When Connor Heyward raced up the sideline Saturday at Minnesota during a first-half kick return, his path to the end zone was quickly closing.
Minnesota kicker Ryan Santoso had the angle and there was nowhere for Heyward to go.
So, like any member of his family would do, the Michigan State freshman put his shoulder down and sent Santoso flying backward as the two tumbled out of bounds, the defender getting the worse of the confrontation.