If you are a team ranked in the top 25 is there is usually no winning when you choose to play a good FCS team to start the season. If you lose your season is over. If you win you must blow them out in the process.
That is just what the Spartans did on Friday night by handing the Jacksonville Gamecocks a 45-7 beating.
Although the outcome of the game was never in doubt, the Spartans did have a scare on the first drive of the game when starting quarterback Connor Cook took a low hit to his knee while delivering a touchdown pass. The hit bent Cook’s knee backwards and as he was being helped off the field it looked as if the Spartans hopes limped off with him.
But Connor Cook reappeared the next offensive drive donning a knee brace and continued his assault on the Jacksonville defense by throwing two more touchdown passes. Cook threw for 3 touchdowns on 13 passes while raking up 28th5 yards.
Cook’s performace was impressive but also impressive was the running game lead by senior Nick Hill. Hill split carries with starter Jeremy Langford and made the most off it by scoring the Spartans only two rushing touchdowns.
The Michigan State Spartans had racked up 38 points at the half but took their foot off the gas in the second half by resting starter Connor Cook handing the quarterbacking duties off to back-up Tyler O’Connor.
The week one victory was a good tune-up for the Spartans who travel to Eugene Oregon next week for a tough match-up with the Ducks.
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