3:30 PM ET, September 10, 2005
Spartan Stadium, EAST LANSING, MI
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan State quarterback Drew Stanton is often more dangerous with his feet than his right arm.
Saturday, he focused on throwing, and led the Spartans to a 42-14 win over Hawaii.
Stanton completed 21 of 26 passes for 301 yards and three touchdowns. Most surprising were his rushing statistics: five carries for 3 yards. That's uncharacteristic for a scrambler who rushed for more than 100 yards in a game twice last season.
It was the second straight dominant offensive performance for Michigan State (2-0), which rolled up 499 yards of offense against the Warriors (0-2). Michigan State had 685 yards of total offense against Kent State in its season opener, second-most in program history.
"We came out with the same attitude that we came out with last week," Stanton said. "We wanted to score points, and we were successful again. There were only a couple of times we stopped ourselves."
Hawaii, which traveled more than 4,000 miles to East Lansing, has lost its last six road openers. This one got a little tense late as tempers boiled in the fourth quarter, with multiple personal fouls on both teams.
"You hate to see it," Michigan State coach John L. Smith said. "But sometimes it gets a little ugly. I thought our kids kept their cool pretty well."
Hawaii coach June Jones also downplayed the late-game penalties.
"It was a very competitive two teams and that happens sometimes when you get into that kind of game," he said.
The Spartans started strong with touchdowns on their first four possessions to take a 28-0 lead midway through the second quarter.
Stanton was 10-of-13 passing on the four drives for 182 yards and two TDs. Javon Ringer had touchdown runs of 41 and 8 yards.
Michigan State scored 35 straight points before Hawaii quarterback Colt Brennan connected with Davone Bess on a 3-yard TD pass late in the third quarter. The Warriors moved the ball, collecting 359 yards in total offense. But it didn't translate to points.
Nate Ilaoa had 76 yards on nine carries for Warriors. Ryan Grice-Mullen had seven catches for 68 yards.
Ringer, a freshman, finished with 80 yards and three TDs on 10 carries for Michigan State. He helped fill in for Jason Teague, who was suspended for Saturday's game for undisclosed reasons.
Jehuu Caulcrick had 89 yards on 20 carries for Michigan State.
Brennan completed 23 of 31 passes for 219 yards and two TDs for Hawaii. He got the majority of playing time over Tyler Graunke.
Michigan State has won four of five meetings between the two programs. The Spartans' only loss in the series was last year, 41-38, at Hawaii.
Michigan State was angry about the officiating in that game. The Spartans were flagged 16 times for 119 yards, including a penalty that wiped out a late score.
More spark was added to the long-distance rivalry this week when Jones and Smith got into a verbal feud after declining to swap videotaped footage of previous games. Jones said he called Michigan State several times to request film but never heard back.
Hawaii was penalized 10 times for 103 yards Saturday. Michigan State was called for five penalties for 49 yards.
With about nine minutes remaining in the game, Hawaii's Reagan Mauia was flagged for a late hit on Stanton, which briefly sent the Spartan QB to the sidelines.
"There was no time to pull up," Mauia said. "It was a fair hit."
Mauia was hit with another personal foul on the next play for pulling off offensive lineman Kyle Cook's helmet. Stanton also was penalized for running back onto the field from the sidelines after the whistle blew.
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||5-12||7-10|
|4th Down Conversions||0-2||0-1|
|TD||11:28||JAVON RINGER 8 YD RUN (JOHN GOSS KICK)|
Drive info: 6 plays, 51 yards.
|TD||2:21||TERRY LOVE 20 YD PASS FROM DREW STANTON (JOHN GOSS KICK)|
Drive info: 11 plays, 80 yards.
|TD||11:19||MATT TRANNON 54 YD PASS FROM DREW STANTON (JOHN GOSS KICK)|
Drive info: 5 plays, 85 yards.
|TD||8:50||JAVON RINGER 41 YD RUN (JOHN GOSS KICK)|
Drive info: 2 plays, 42 yards.
|TD||11:48||JERRAMY SCOTT 20 YD PASS FROM DREW STANTON (JOHN GOSS KICK)|
Drive info: 8 plays, 80 yards.
|TD||5:45||DAVONE BESS 3 YD PASS FROM COLT BRENNAN (DAN KELLY KICK)|
Drive info: 11 plays, 70 yards.
|TD||13:58||IAN SAMPLE 16 YD PASS FROM COLT BRENNAN (DAN KELLY KICK)|
Drive info: 10 plays, 67 yards.
|TD||8:38||JAVON RINGER 15 YD RUN (JOHN GOSS KICK)|
Drive info: 11 plays, 77 yards.