Any worries that Michigan State might suffer from a hangover following last week’s loss at Notre Dame have been quickly put down. The Spartans hold a 31-0 lead over Central Michigan at halftime in East Lansing.
The ground attack has led the way for the Spartans’ offense. Le’Veon Bell has rushed for 81 yards on eight carries, also running for three touchdowns. Edwin Baker has added 43 yards rushing, on 12 carries.
Quarterback Kirk Cousins has thrown for 142 yards, completing 9-of-17 passes. Receiver B.J. Cunningham leads Michigan State with three receptions for 67 yards.
Central Michigan hasn’t been able to do much against the Spartans’ defense, generating only 57 yards of total offense in the first half. Quarterback A.J. Westendorp threw for only four yards on 1-of-4 passing. He also leads the Chippewas in rushing with 15 yards on two carries.
Michigan State forced three CMU turnovers in the first half, helping to shut down the Chippewas’ offense. Safety Isaiah Lewis returned an interception 37 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter, giving the Spartans a 21-0 lead.