MICHIGAN STATE 41, CENTRAL MICHIGAN 7: AFTERGLOW THREAD

Sep 8, 2012; Mt. Pleasant, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans wide receiver Keith Mumphery (25) gets away from Central Michigan Chippewas defensive back Jahleel Addae (4) after making a catch in the second quarter at Kelly/Shorts Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US Presswire

Hooray for a game that should be a blowout actually being a blowout. MSU wasn't totally sharp at the beginning of the game, but once Andrew Maxwell got rolling, the game was over. And roll he did: 21 of 32 for 287 yards and 2 touchdowns will do quite nicely, thankyouverymuch. More impressively, the defense pitched a shutout, and still hasn't allowed a touchdown on the year. (CMU scored its touchdown via pick-six, courtesy of Connor Cook.)

With the score 14-0, CMU went on a 15 play, 66 yard drive, but the drive stalled at the MSU 27 with a big 4th down stop. Maxwell then engineered a 9 play, 73 yard touchdown drive -- and that was pretty much that, as MSU dominated the second half.

Yes, CMU is a bad team, but this was arguably the biggest home game in their history. Yet, the game was never in doubt. Contrast that with the performances turned in by the rest of the conference: Iowa lost, Wisconsin is losing, and Michigan barely won. The conference is ripe for the taking, and MSU is in great shape to take it.

Victory for MSU, and onto Notre Dame. Discuss it here!

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