W Michigan 21

(0-1, 0-1 away)

Michigan State 26

(1-0, 1-0 home)

Coverage: ESPN

3:40 PM ET, August 30, 2003

Spartan Stadium (MI), East Lansing, MI

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WMU 7 7 0 721
MSU 7 16 3 026


EAST LANSING, Michigan (Ticker) -- Jeff Smoker made a successful return, passing for three touchdowns as Michigan State posted a 26-21 victory over Western Michigan in John L. Smith's debut as Spartans' coach.

Smoker, who was suspended for the final five games of last season after admitting to a substance abuse problem, completed 21-of-34 passes for 324 yards to become Michigan State's all-time leader in total offense.

He threw TD strikes of 50 yards to Agim Shabaj and 45 yards to Greg Jennings to give the Spartans a 14-7 lead early in the second quarter.

After Western Michigan tied it on on Phil Reed's two-yard TD run just over a minute later, the Spartans took the lead for good on Dave Rayner's 49-yard field goal with 8:19 left in the half.

Less than two minutes later, Smoker and Shabaji combined again for a 21-yard TD that staked Michigan State to a 23-14 halftime lead.

Rayner kicked a 31-yard field goal in the third quarter before the Broncos made it close on Chad Munson's 30-yard TD to Greg Jennings with 30 seconds to play. Jennings had 10 receptions for 107 yards.

Munson completed 30-of-50 passes for 333 yards, but was sacked five times and threw two interceptions. The Broncos were held to just six yards rushing.

Michigan State recorded its sixth straight win over Western Michigan and increased its lead in the all-time series to 8-2.