Central Michigan routed by Michigan State 45-7

Central Michigan coach Dan Enos had a tough time facing his

former boss.

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

Michigan turnovers.

It was a difficult homecoming for Enos, who played for Michigan

State and was an assistant there under Spartans coach Mark

Dantonio.

”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

David Blackburn.

Radcliff, however, went 11 of 29 for 87 yards with two

interceptions.

”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.

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

Nebraska.

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

dominate.”