Boxscore
Michigan State 38, Western Michigan 14
Saturday, September 4, 2010 12:00 PM
Location - Spartan Stadium
Attendance - 75769

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Western Michigan 7 0 7 0 14
Michigan State 7 21 7 3 38

Recap

Le'Von Bell and Edwin Baker both ran for two touchdowns and rushed for over 100 yards, leading Michigan State to a 38-14 win over Western Michigan in the season opener for both teams Saturday.

The Spartans broke away from a 7-7 tie by scoring four consecutive touchdowns in a span of 15 minutes from early in the second quarter to early in the third period.
 
Bell rushed for 141 yards on 10 carries while Baker picked up 117 yards on 17 carries.
 
Michigan State quarterback Kirk Cousins completed 13-of-21 passes for 186 yards and a touchdown, including a 20-yard scoring pass to Keith Nichol that put the Spartans ahead for good at the 12:20 mark of the second quarter.
 
Western Michigan quarterback Alex Carder threw for two touchdowns and an interception, completing 27-of-49 passes.
  
Michigan State scored quickly on its first possession with Baker running 28 yards for a touchdown, capping a two-play, 36-yard drive at the 12:40 mark.
 
Western Michigan tied the game with 12 seconds left in the quarter, converting on a fourth and goal from the two as Carder hit Juan Nunez.
 
The Spartans scored the next three touchdowns to open a 28-7 lead at halftime, beginning with Cousins' touchdown pass to Nichol. Michigan State closed the half with two scores in the final 3:33. Baker scored on a seven-yard run before Bell scored on a two-yard run.
 
Bell scored again on an 18-yard with the 12:00 mark of the third quarter.
 
Carder threw his second touchdown pass, hitting Blake Hammond with a two-yard toss in the third quarter.
 
Dan Conroy kicked a 32-yard field goal for Michigan State in the fourth quarter.
SCORING
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter - 12:30
Michigan State   TD  Michigan State 7 - Western Michigan 0
1st Quarter - 0:07
Western Michigan   TD  Michigan State 7 - Western Michigan 7
2nd Quarter - 12:14
Michigan State   TD  Michigan State 14 - Western Michigan 7
2nd Quarter - 3:26
Michigan State   TD  Michigan State 21 - Western Michigan 7
2nd Quarter - 0:34
Michigan State   TD  Michigan State 28 - Western Michigan 7
3rd Quarter - 11:54
Michigan State   TD  Michigan State 35 - Western Michigan 7
3rd Quarter - 8:22
Western Michigan   TD  Michigan State 35 - Western Michigan 14
4th Quarter - 7:30
Michigan State   FG  Michigan State 38 - Western Michigan 14
TEAMS

Team Records

  Western Michigan Michigan State
W/L 0 - 1 - 0 1 - 0 - 0
Conference 0 - 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 0

Team Stats

  Western Michigan Michigan State
Score 14 38
First Downs 16 19
3rd Down Efficiency 8-for-23
35%
3-for-11
27%
4th Down Efficiency 2-for-4
50%
0-for-0
0%
Total Yards 327 485
Rushing
Rushes-Net Yards 30-89 36-299
Average/Rush 3.0 8.3
Passing
Comp-Att 30-53 13-22
Passing Yards 238 186
Average/Pass Play 4.4 7.8
Penalties-Yards 5-25 11-69
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 1-1
Interceptions Thrown 1 0
Time of Possession 33:55 26:05

PLAYER STATS

Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
A. Carder 27/49 220 2 1
T. VanTubbergen 3/4 18 0 0
Michigan State (1 - 0)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
K. Cousins 13/21 186 1 0
A. Maxwell 0/1 0 0 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
A. Carder 9 38 4.2 0
A. Winchester 15 30 2.0 0
A. Scriven 4 12 3.0 0
D. Chance 1 5 5.0 0
A. Ponder 1 4 4.0 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
L. Bell 10 141 14.1 2
E. Baker 17 117 6.9 2
K. Martin 2 43 21.5 0
N. Hill 1 2 2.0 0
K. Cousins 6 -4 -0.7 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
J. White 8 82 10.2 0
B. Hammond 4 61 15.2 1
J. Nunez 7 54 7.7 1
A. Winchester 5 11 2.2 0
T. Smith 1 9 9.0 0
R. Arnheim 2 6 3.0 0
D. Walker 1 6 6.0 0
B. Fields 1 6 6.0 0
D. Burdi 1 3 3.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
M. Dell 6 81 13.5 0
C. Gantt 2 49 24.5 0
K. Nichol 2 32 16.0 1
B. Linthicum 2 13 6.5 0
B. Cunningham 1 11 11.0 0
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