The Michigan State Spartans make their long-awaited return to Spartan Stadium, where they play host to Bowling Green to kick off the 2017 season.
Michigan State enters this game holding a streak of 18 straight wins in home openers, the sixth-longest active streak in the country. That includes a 10-0 mark under head coach Mark Dantonio, who sports a 90-42 record in 10 seasons as head coach of the Spartans.
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End of first quarter: Bowling Green 3, Michigan State 0
Bowling Green took the early lead on the Spartans after a goal-line fumble from LJ Scott. The Falcons turned the fumble into a field goal. A second turnover, a fumbled shotgun snap by Brian Allen, nearly resulted in another Bowling Green score.
Halftime: Bowling Green 3, Michigan State 14
The Spartans rebounded nicely in the second quarter. While still not playing the prettiest football, Michigan State put together two scoring drives to take a strong lead at the break.
Madre London scored State’s first touchdown of the season on a seven yard run up the middle, giving MSU a 7-3 lead.
MSU gets on the board! Madre London runs in a 7-yard touchdown. BG 3, MSU 7. pic.twitter.com/vo5OL2B6UI— The Only Colors (@TheOnlyColors) September 2, 2017
Michigan State again went on the move just before halftime, with Lewerke and co. putting together a two-minute drill. The big play came with a Darrell Stewart crossing route with a huge run after the catch. Felton Davis III finished the drive with seconds to go in the half by catching a Lewerke pass in the end zone.
End of third quarter: Bowling Green 3, Michigan State 35
The Spartans took complete control of the game in the second half, picking up in the third quarter right where they left off. MSU put together two touchdown drives, and the Spartan defense has found a rhythm.
State extended its lead initially with another Felton touchdown. This time, Lewerke threw the ball up and let his wide reciever go get it. That was followed by another drive resulting in a touchdown pass. After dropping a sure touchdown earlier in the game, Matt Sokol gets into the end zone to give MSU the 28-3 lead.
On the following drive, Bowling Green let the game get away from them for good. MSU cornerback Tyson Smith stepped in front of a James Morgan pass for in interception, returned for a touchdown.
Final: Bowling Green 10, Michigan State 35
Michigan State closed out the game in confident fashion, but not without some ugly mistakes. With backups in, the Spartans defense showed some flaws in the secondary once again. More important, LJ Scott fumbled the ball for the second time in the game, this time the Falcons scooped and scored for the only points in the fourth quarter.
All-in-all, MSU should be happy with the results. Despite a slow start and an ugly finish, Michigan State showed signs of dominance against a Bowling Green team that could win some big games in the MAC.