East Lansing — Jeremy Langford was thrilled to finally break a long run for a touchdown Saturday afternoon to help Michigan State defeat Indiana 42-28 at Spartan Stadium.
Langford, a 6-foot, 205-pound junior, ran for 109 yards and scored four touchdowns to lead an MSU ground game which accounted for 238 of MSU’s 473 total yards.
And, freshman Delton Williams was just as happy after his 12-carry, 92-yard performance.
Heck, the physical 6-foot-1, 220-pound Williams thought he could be redshirted this season, making his way up from No. 6 on the depth chart.
“I stayed positive and knew one game I’d break one,” said Langford, who busted one for a 32-yard TD run in the third quarter, breaking tackles at the line of scrimmage, then sprinting down the left sideline. “It was important to me, but the win is more important. I had games like this in high school (at Westland John Glenn), but this is different since it’s Division I football in the Big Ten.”
Langford scored his first TD, grabbing an 11-yard pass from Connor Cook on a third down play to pull the Spartans even at 7 early in the second quarter.
Williams has quickly gone from possible redshirt to be a big part of the offense. He broke loose for a 37-yard run in the fourth quarter.
Williams was happy MSU head coach Mark Dantonio left him in the game after he fumbled in the second quarter. Luckily for him, Spartan tight end Michael Dennis recovered and they went on to score on Cook’s 34-yard pass to Bennie Fowler. Williams later rewarded Dantonio with some big runs.
Williams took the field to start the game with multiple wrist bands, trying to make a fashion statement.
“I’m just trying to look good, first time in a long time being on TV,” Williams said. “I had two wrist bands and then a Spartan wrist band too. It felt good being out there.
“When I fumbled the ball, we scored on that drive and when I went to the sidelines I thanked the offensive lineman for bailing me out. I said thank you for saving my life. If we lost that one I know for a fact I probably wouldn’t have had as much carries that I had.”
Williams feels proud of getting on the field.
“Coach D tells us green jerseys are never given, they’re always earned and I earned it,” Williams said. “Being the sixth man on the depth chart to working my way up to No. 3 or No. 2, it just feels good to be able to contribute and help the team win. I have a lot more confidence now.”
And, Dantonio loves the fact Williams is playing with confidence, a reason he kept him in the game after fumbling.
Dantonio knows he has a great combination in having Langford, a slasher, and a power runner in Williams.