Central Michigan routed by Michigan State 45-7
Central Michigan coach Dan Enos had a tough time facing his
He’s not too pleased with his quarterback situation, either.
Le’Veon Bell ran for 81 yards and three touchdowns – all in the
first half – to lead Michigan State to a 45-7 victory over the
Chippewas on Saturday. The Spartans bounced back from last
weekend’s loss at Notre Dame, taking advantage of four Central
It was a difficult homecoming for Enos, who played for Michigan
State and was an assistant there under Spartans coach Mark
”It was very uncomfortable,” Enos said. ”I didn’t know how I
was going to feel until I got here. Coach D means a lot to me and
my family. He’s a good man.”
Isaiah Lewis returned an interception 37 yards for a touchdown,
helping Michigan State (3-1) race to a 31-0 halftime lead.
The Chippewas (1-3) finally scored in the third quarter after a
blocked punt when Ryan Radcliff threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to
Radcliff, however, went 11 of 29 for 87 yards with two
”There’s plays to tease you,” Enos said. ”There’s three plays
in a row where you go: ‘He’s on. He’s doing what he’s coached to
do.’ Then we’ll have a couple in a row where he’s not doing that.
We just need him to be more consistent.”
After struggling to run the ball against Notre Dame, the
Spartans immediately re-established that part of their offense.
Michigan State’s first five plays were runs by Edwin Baker. Then
Kirk Cousins threw deep to B.J. Cunningham for a 54-yard gain to
the Central Michigan 1-yard line.
Bell scored on the next play.
Cousins threw an interception early in the second quarter, but
Radcliff returned the favor. Michigan State’s Trenton Robinson
intercepted his pass at the 3-yard line and returned it 34 yards.
The Spartans then moved down the field with five straight runs,
capped by Bell’s touchdown from 5 yards out.
A.J. Westendorp came on at quarterback for Central Michigan but
quickly threw two interceptions. The first one was returned for a
touchdown by Lewis.
”Whoever’s back there, I’m going to support them as much as I
can and try to get open for them,” Central Michigan wide receiver
Cody Wilson said.
Enos eventually went back to Radcliff but said Westendorp would
have stayed in had he played better.
”If he would have played well or just decent he would have
played the rest of the game,” Enos said.
Bell’s 13-yard touchdown with 1:23 left in the second quarter
made it 31-0.
Cousins wasn’t especially sharp, going 13 of 22 for 213 yards
for the Spartans. He did throw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Larry
Caper in the third quarter before being relieved by backup Andrew
Maxwell threw his first career touchdown pass, a 3-yarder to
Dion Sims in the fourth.
Michigan State was missing three recently injured offensive
linemen, but the Spartans looked strong enough up front in their
last game before Big Ten play begins. They’ll be tested a lot more
next month, when they face Ohio State, Michigan, Wisconsin and
Saturday’s game was part of a ”Celebrate the State” series in
which Michigan State is to play a dozen games between 2011 and 2020
against either Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan or Western
Michigan, including one road game against each. The Spartans are
scheduled to play at Central Michigan next September.
The Chippewas beat Michigan State 29-27 on a last-second field
goal in the teams’ previous meeting, in 2009. This one wasn’t
close. The Spartans outgained Central Michigan 481-112, and the
turnovers only made Michigan State’s job easier.
”What happened two years ago – everybody was still feeling that
loss,” Robinson said. ”We just wanted to go out there and