EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan State quarterbacks Stephen
Reaves and Drew Stanton both made just enough plays to help the
Spartans beat Central Michigan 24-7 Saturday.
Reaves started and was 9-of-19 for 183 yards with a touchdown in
his college debut. Stanton was just 1-of-3 for 9 yards, but he ran
for 38 yards on a fourth-and-1 late in the game for the Spartans
Jerry Seymour ran for 164 yards, including a 90-yard TD, for the
The Spartans went ahead 17-0 on the first drive of the second
half, then didn't score again until Jason Teague's 1-yard run gave
them a 24-7 lead with 2:08 left.
Michigan State's Kyle Brown caught a career-high six passes for
123 yards and a TD.
Reaves and Stanton both watched quarterback Damon Dowdell play
the entire game in last week's 19-14 loss at Rutgers. Reaves'
father, John, was a quarterback at Florida from 1969-71 and went on
to play in the NFL for 14 seasons.
Reaves threw a perfect 44-yard pass to Brown to put the Spartans
ahead 7-0 late in the first quarter. On their next drive, Dave
Rayner made a 28-yard field goal.
After Michigan State didn't convert a fourth-and-3 at the
Chippewas' 6, Central Michigan drove to the Spartans' 9 before
missing a field goal at the end of the first half.
DeAndra Cobb started the second half with a 52-yard return and
four plays later, Jehuu Caulcrick's 7-yard run gave Michigan State
a 17-0 lead.
Seymour's 90-yard run, which tied the longest against Michigan
State, pulled Central Michigan to 17-7 midway through the third
Kent Smith started for the Chippewas, after backing up Grant
Arnoldink in last week's 41-10 loss at Indiana. Smith was 10-of-30
for 93 yards and ran for 52 yards on nine carries.