Michigan State QB Hoyer expected to start at Michigan

Updated: October 19, 2008, 10:20 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

Michigan State senior quarterback Brian Hoyer is expected to start this week at Michigan after leaving Saturday's loss to Ohio State with injuries to his head and throwing hand.

Tests results taken Sunday were negative, and Spartans coach Mark Dantonio said Hoyer will be back under center at Michigan Stadium.

Hoyer did not start the second half against the Buckeyes, who rolled to a 45-7 victory, after a taking a hit on his right hand and head toward the end of the first half. Hoyer played for one series in the fourth quarter.

Freshman Kirk Cousins led Michigan State on an 85-yard drive to open the second half and was 4 of 4 for 61 yards, including a short TD pass that cut Ohio State's lead to 28-7. Cousins completed all 10 of his passes in the third quarter, but threw an incomplete pass and had his fumble returned for a score on the first two plays of the fourth.

Entering the game, Cousins was 3-for-4 for 32 yards over two games. He finished 18-of-25 for 161 yards with a TD, interception and fumble.

Hoyer was 5 of 13 for 27 yards an interception.

Information from The Associated Press and ESPN.com Big Ten blogger Adam Rittenberg was used in this report.

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