Michigan State used a big first half to handily defeat Youngstown State 55-17 Saturday afternoon in East Lansing.
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The Spartans opened the scoring on their first offensive drive as Jeremy Langford scored on a 3-yard touchdown run.
On YSU’s ensuing offensive possession, Joey Cejudo drilled a 34-yard field goal to pull Youngstown State to within 7-3.
Michigan State went right back down the field on its next drive when Connor Cook hit Andre Sims on a 13-yard touchdown pass as the Spartans led 14-3.
The Spartans scored their third touchdown of the game late in the first quarter on a 12-yard touchdown pass from Cook to Trevon Pendleton.
Youngstown State scored a touchdown on a Martin Ruiz 5-yard run to cut the deficit to 21-10 against Michigan State the second quarter.
Cook’s 24-yard touchdown pass to Macgarrett Kings gave Michigan State a 28-10 second quarter lead over the Penguins.
Michigan State’s Connor Cook found Bennie Fowler on a 17-yard touchdown late in the second quarter to build a 35-10 lead just before intermission.
Michigan State scored two second half touchdowns to build on a 25-point halftime advantage.
Youngstown State has added a third quarter touchdown on a Kurt Hess 35-yard strike to Martin Ruiz. That made the score 49-17, the Penguins trailing.
Michigan State rounded out the scoring with a pair of field goals.
Youngstown State drops to 2-1. The Penguins host Duquesne next Saturday at Stambaugh Stadium. Kickoff is set for 4 pm.