Saturday, September 09, 2006

MSU 52, Eastern Michigan 20

For the second week in a row, Michigan State defeated a second-rate opponent. And for the second week in a row, Spartan fans are left wondering exactly what kind of team they have.

MSU only lead 24-17 at halftime and the lead was cut again to 24-20 early in the first quarter before pouring it on the rest of the second half.

Like the Idaho game in week one, the postgame stats show MSU dominating the game, but EMU was able to put a few plays together in the first half to keep MSU fans interested and on the edge of their seats.

MSU put 586 yards of total offense on the overmatch Eagles, including 264 on the ground. EMU gained a total of 272 yards. Stanton also rushed for 33 yards on nine attempts and two touchdowns.

Drew Stanton was as efficient as ever connecting on 24 of 32 attempts for 254 yards, three touchdowns and one interception.

The running game was more effective than is was against Idaho, with Javon Ringer leading the way with 130 yards on 15 carries for a 8.7 yards per carry average. Redshirt freshman A.J. Jimmerson, in his first action of the season, gained 79 yards on 10 carries (7.9 ypr average).

The story of the game was Matt Trannon who broke the school record for catched in a game with 14 for 151 yards and two touchdowns and he even threw a TD as well.

Defensively, MSU showed more than they did last week against Idaho, limiting the Eagles to just 42 yards on the ground, but allowed 230 through the air.

More analysis to come this week as MSU takes its show on the road to Pittsburgh for the first road test of the season.

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