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
"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
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
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
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.