Scores

Final

Kent State 14

(0-1, 0-1 away)

Michigan State 49

(1-0, 1-0 home)

Coverage: GamePlan

12:00 PM ET, September 3, 2005

Spartan Stadium (MI), East Lansing, MI

1 2 3 4 T
KENT 7 7 0 014
MSU 14 21 7 749

Top Performers

Passing: D. Stanton (MSU) - 297 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: J. Caulcrick (MSU) - 14 CAR, 140 YDS, 3 TD

Receiving: J. Scott (MSU) - 5 REC, 70 YDS, 1 TD

Michigan State 49, Kent State 14

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Jehuu Caulcrick rushed for 140 yards and three touchdowns Saturday and Michigan State had 685 total yards -- second-most in school history -- on the way to beating Kent State 49-14 in the first meeting between the schools.

Drew Stanton completed 22 of 29 passes for 297 yards and two touchdowns with one interception for Michigan State (1-0). Stanton, who sat out the fourth quarter, also rushed for 60 yards on 10 carries.

Michigan State led 35-14 at halftime and had 438 yards of total offense -- a school record for a half. The school record for total offense in a game is 698 yards against Purdue in 1971.

Michigan State has won seven straight home openers, six of its last seven season openers and 12 straight against Mid-American Conference teams. Kent State (0-1) is 0-7 all-time against the Big Ten.

Kent State quarterback Michael Machen was 31-of-52 for 293 yards and two TDs with one interception. But the Golden Flashes were ineffective running the ball, finishing with 14 yards on 15 carries.

The Spartans took control early, scoring on their first two drives of the game to go up 14-0.

Stanton was 4-for-4 for 42 yards on the 68-yard opening drive, capped by a 6-yard scoring strike to Kyle Brown. Caulcrick scored on a 7-yard run for Michigan State's second touchdown. That capped a 39-yard drive set up by Brown's 46-yard punt return.

Kent State cut the lead to 14-7 on a 7-yard pass from Machen to Tony Smith late in the first quarter. But touchdown runs by Jason Teague and Caulcrick gave Michigan State a 27-7 lead midway through the second quarter.

Machen found Najah Pruden for a 31-yard TD strike in the second quarter to make it 27-14 with about eight minutes remaining in the first half.

Caulcrick's 4-yard touchdown burst gave the Spartans their 35-14 halftime lead.

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