Sunday, September 02, 2007

Sunday Morning Quarterback - Week One

MSU 55, UAB 18

By scoring six touchdowns on their first six possessions, the Mark Dantonio era in East Lansing started off on the right foot as MSU (1-0) crushed the undersized and undermanned Blazers from UAB (0-1).

Who said the Spartans needed the wacky John L. Smith offense to score points? MSU put up nearly 600 yards of offense on the day. And talk about balance, MSU totalled 298 yards on the ground and 295 yards through the air. See the full stats and box score here.

Senior captain Jehuu Caulcrick led the effort on the ground with 93 yards on 10 carries and four touchdowns. Brian Hoyer connected on 14 out of 17 passes for 201 yards and a touchdown. Freshman Devin Thomas was the leading receiver with five catches for 106 yards and a touchdown.
The offense was also 6-for-6 in the red zone and the team committed just four penalties, both of which were problems during the last regime. The defense held the Blazers to just 12 yards rushing.
Upcoming Opponents Update
Out of Conference:
(1-0) Bowling Green 32, Minnesota 31
Georgia Tech 33, (0-1) Notre Dame 3
(1-0) Pittsburgh 27, Eastern Michigan
Big Ten:
(1-0) Northwestern 27, Northeastern 0
Appalachian State 34, (0-1) Michigan 32
(1-0) Ohio State 38, Youngstown State 6
(1-0) Penn State 59, Florida International 0
(1-0) Wisconsin 42, Washington State 21
(1-0) Iowa 16, Northern Illinois 3
(1-0) Purdue 52, Toledo 24
(1-0) Indiana 55, Indiana State 7
Bowling Green 32, (0-1) Minnesota 31

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