MSU dominates CMU 41-7 in front of record Kelly/Shorts Stadium crowd
Juniors Le’Veon Bell and Andrew Maxwell combined for four touchdowns as No. 11 Michigan State (2-0) beat Central Michigan (1-1) 41-7 at Kelly/Shorts Stadium in front of a record announced attendance of 35,127.
With the score 14-0 the Chippewas threatened, sustaining a 66-yard drive, but failed to convert a fourth down. MSU took that momentum and scored on its next five possessions putting the game out of reach.
During the ensuing drive, after the failed CMU conversion, Maxwell threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Dion Sims 57 seconds before halftime – his first passing touchdown of the season.
“We ran the ball OK,” said MSU head coach Mark Dantonio. “We threw the ball exceptionally. We wanted to get our wide receivers and Maxwell going more than we did last week.”
On the opposite side of the ball, the Spartans defense did not allow the Chippewas in the red zone. Two interceptions, a fumble recovery and three fourth down stops kept abruptly putting the CMU offense back on the sidelines. MSU has still yet to allow an offensive touchdown through two games this season.
“Dominate,” MSU junior defensive end William Gholson said. “That’s all I care about. Dominate as a team.”
Sophomore Jason Wilson scored the lone CMU touchdown on a 55-yard interception return from a Connor Cook attempted pass with four minutes left in the game.
MSU finished with 488 offensive yards, CMU had 238.
Bell rushed for two touchdowns to build a 14-0 MSU lead. He slashed through the left side of the CMU defense for a 7-yard touchdown run on the first play of the second quarter.
The Spartans scored first when Bell cradled the ball over the goal line for a 1-yard rush. A 31-yard punt return by Nick Hill set up the 32-yard scoring drive in the first quarter.
CMU senior quarterback Ryan Radcliff was 17-of-37 for 173 passing yards and threw two interceptions. Maxwell was 21-of-32 for 287 yards, Bell finished with 67 yards on 18 carries.
“(Radcliff’s) first four throws were high,” said CMU head coach Dan Enos. “Sometimes your adrenaline gets going and you get out of sync. As the game went on they hit him more than we would like.”
Senior right tackle Jake Olson was injured early in the game, Enos said it does not look good, but he will find out more later in the week.
CMU will have next week off, before playing at Iowa Sept. 22. Notre Dame travels to East Lansing to face the Spartans at 8 p.m. Saturday.
“Now all you can do is go back to work,” CMU senior wide receiver Cody Wilson said.
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