Michigan State’s scoring leader is in fact their sophomore defensive end. Shilique Calhoun was responsible for two of the three touchdowns for Michigan State today as they hosted the University of South Florida. Calhoun alone is responsible for three of the total six touchdowns for the Spartans this year so far. Thanks to Calhoun, the Spartans came away with the victory over the Bulls, 21-6.
Calhoun posted the first score midway through the second quarter. Defensive Tackle Tyler Hoover sacked South Florida’s quarterback Bobby Eveld who then fumbled. The ball was scooped up by Calhoun who ran it four yards across the goal line. The second score came midway through the third quarter when Calhoun intercepted Eveld’s pass and ran it 56 yards for the touchdown. Calhoun also recorded a sack on Eveld for a loss of nine.
Calhoun was not the only productive player on defense today. Kurtis Drummond led the team with nine total tackles, four of them solo. The rush defense held the Bulls to only 89 net yards for the game. The Spartan secondary kept the pressure on the receivers while the front lines put on pressure. Eveld, the Bulls QB, was held to only 66 passing yards, completing six of 25 attempts.
Connor Cook got the nod to start behind center for the offense today, which looked much like a repeat of last weekend's game against Western Michigan. Cook threw 6-11 for 32 yards. Andrew Maxwell and Tyler O’Connor were rotated in as well since production was lacking. They did not fare much better than Cook as Maxwell threw 4-9 for 40 yards while O’Connor posted 2-4 and 22 yards.
The Spartan rush game was much the same as well. Head coach Mark Dantonio rotated the tailback position with Nick Hill, Jeremy Langford and Riley Bullough again. Hill led the team with 63 total yards on nine carries. Langford and Bullough each posted 38 total yards on nine and six attempts respectively.
Next week the Spartans will face Youngstown State at home in East Lansing on Saturday the 14th.
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