Live update: Holmes' TD run pushes MSU lead to 24-10
The Michigan State offense continued to sputter but the defense turned the ball over on downs then forced a punt after Shilique Calhoun’s third sack.
The Spartans finally responded on offense, going 61 yards on six plays to extend the lead to 24-10 with 8:37 left in the fourth quarter.
After Cook hit Jamal Lyles for a 26-yard gain, Gerald Holmes took over with a 17-yard pass reception followed by a 3-yard touchdown run.
CMU gets FG to trim MSU lead
Michigan State’s offense couldn’t do much coming out of halftime and was forced to punt for the first time.
Central Michigan answered by marching into MSU territory but slowing itself with a misconduct penalty. However, the Chippewas managed to get a 42-yard field goal from Brian Eavey to cut the Michigan State lead to 17-10 with 6:24 left in the third quarter.
MSU leads CMU at halftime, 17-7
Central Michigan held the ball for almost 20 minutes in the first half and closed with a 13-play, 80-yard drive that cut the Michigan State lead to 17-7 at halftime.
The Chippewas, who had two field goals blocked in the first quarter, got a 1-yard touchdown pass from Cooper Rush to Anthony Rice with eight seconds left in the first half. Rush finished the first half 16-for-21 for 173 yards while the Chippewas were 6-for-9 on third downs.
Michigan State scored on its three possessions, getting touchdowns from Josiah Price and Madre London as well as a 47-yard field goal from Michael Geiger. LJ Scott carried the ball eight times for 54 yards.
Price TD extends MSU lead
Michigan State's defense produced its first three-and-out of the game, and after a poor Central Michigan punt, the Spartans needed only seven plays to push the lead to 17-0 with 5:13 left in the second quarter.
LJ Scott's 29-yard run on third-and-3 sparked the drive and Connor Cook hit Josiah Price with a 5-yard TD pass to cap the drive.
It was the 14th touchdown of Price's career, the most for a Michigan State tight end.
Geiger FG extends MSU's lead
After getting another field-goal block – this time from Shilique Calhoun – the Michigan State offense took advantage by extending the lead to 10-0
The Spartans came up short on third down from CMU territory and called on kicker Michael Geiger, who entered the game just 2-for-4. But he connected on a 47-yarder to put the Spartans ahead by 10 with 11:20 to play in the second quarter.
CMU controls ball, MSU holds lead after one quarter
Central Michigan has controlled the ball through the first quarter, but Michigan State holds the 7-0 lead thanks to a pair of blocked field goals. The first came from Demetrius Cooper while Shilique Calhoun got the second.
Michigan State's only drive lasted six plays and ended with a 6-yard Madre London TD run.
Central Michigan held the ball for more than 11 minutes during the first quarter and converted four of six third-down attempts while 113 total yards.
Michigan State takes early lead on CMU
Michigan State got off to a quick start offensively to take an early 7-0 lead.
After Demetrius Cooper blocked a Central Michigan field-goal attempt on the opening drive of the game, Michigan State took over at its 28 and Connor Cook hit Macgarrett Kings Jr. with a 42-yard pass on the Spartans' first play.
A 14-yard run from R.J. Shelton came next and four plays later Madre London scored on a 6-yard run with 8:56 left in the first quarter.
MSU set to take on CMU
Michigan State is set to close out the non-conference portion of it season at noon today with Central Michigan (1-2) visiting Spartan Stadium.
The No. 2 Spartans are looking to head into Big Ten play unbeaten for the first time since 2010 and will do so against a team that has won three times against Michigan State, the most recent upset coming in 2009.
Fifth-year senior defensive tackle Joel Heath is injured and will only be available for emergency duty today. Fifth-year senior Lawrence Thomas moves in from the end for Heath while sophomore Demetrius Cooper starts at end.
Michigan State (3-0) will also once again be without linebacker Drake Martinez, who has yet to dress with a right foot injury. Right tackle Kodi Kieler is also out while fifth-year senior Arjen Colquhoun gets the start at cornerback for redshirt freshman Vayante Copeland, who was lost for the season with a neck injury.
While ranked, the Spartans enter the game with a 31-1 mark against unranked teams under coach Mark Dantonio. Its only loss was in 2011 at Notre Dame
Fifth-year senior quarterback Connor Cook will be going for his 27th career victory, which would tie him for most in Michigan State history with Kirk Cousins.