Scores

Final

N Colorado 7

(2-2, 0-2 away)

(25) Michigan State 45

(4-0, 3-0 home)

Coverage: BTN

12:00 PM ET, September 25, 2010

Spartan Stadium (MI), East Lansing, MI

1 2 3 4 T
UNCO 0 0 0 77
#25MSU 14 21 7 345

Top Performers

Passing: K. Cousins (MSU) - 290 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: L. Bell (MSU) - 11 CAR, 92 YDS, 3 TD

Receiving: B. Linthicum (MSU) - 3 REC, 63 YDS, 1 TD

Kirk Cousins carries Michigan St. without coach Mark Dantonio

Associated Press

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- After confidently leading Michigan State to an easy victory, Kirk Cousins was eager for some feedback -- from the man whose health was still on everyone's mind.

Cousins threw for 290 yards and two touchdowns, and No. 25 Michigan State had no trouble winning without coach Mark Dantonio on Saturday, 45-7 over Northern Colorado. Dantonio had a mild heart attack shortly after last weekend's win over Notre Dame. He was released from the hospital Tuesday and even visited practice Friday, but offensive coordinator Don Treadwell took over his coaching duties for this game.

"I would like to hear his commentary from the game today," Cousins said. "I'm sure it was a strange perspective, watching the game from home. Hopefully, we didn't make him too nervous."

There weren't many tense moments in this game, and that was just fine with the Spartans after the week they had. Michigan State (4-0) wore the letter D on its helmets and gave its recovering coach little to worry about against the Bears (2-2) of the Football Championship Subdivision.

Dantonio planned to watch the game from home, although even that was a bit uncertain.

"What will be fun for me to hear from his wife Becky: How much did she really allow him to see?" Treadwell said.

Dantonio's return is still uncertain, but his program is entering Big Ten play with high hopes. Michigan State hosts Wisconsin next Saturday and plays at Michigan the following weekend. The Spartans haven't started 5-0 since 1999 under Nick Saban.

"You only get one heart," Cousins said. "He has a wife and two daughters, and that's more important than a football game. When he gets back, he gets back."

Cousins was nearly flawless, going 16 of 20 before coming out before his team's first possession of the fourth quarter. His touchdown passes to Brian Linthicum and Larry Caper helped Michigan State take a 35-0 halftime lead.

Linebacker Greg Jones made the first two interceptions of his career. The All-American's first interception gave the Spartans the ball on the Northern Colorado 5, and Edwin Baker ran it in on the next play to make it 7-0.

Northern Colorado's Dylan Orms had a miserable time trying to keep his team in the game. He finished 6 of 22 for 93 yards with three interceptions before coming out late in the third quarter.

Le'Veon Bell ran for 92 yards and three touchdowns for the Spartans. His 1-yard touchdown run in the second quarter made it 28-0.

"Coach Dantonio loves us a lot," Bell said. "He misses being here and he told us to keep playing the way he wants us to play."

Cousins then found Caper over the middle for a 16-yard touchdown with 57 seconds left in the half. Caper did well to hold onto the ball while absorbing a hit in the end zone.

The Spartans beat Notre Dame 34-31 in overtime last weekend, scoring a touchdown on a fake field goal on the final play. They needed no tricks Saturday, and backup quarterback Andrew Maxwell played extensively. He entered the game briefly toward the end of the first quarter and played the entire fourth.

Northern Colorado spoiled the shutout when Seth Lobato rolled out to his left and found Chris Morris for a 32-yard touchdown early in the fourth to make it 42-7.

The Spartans rushed for 201 yards -- they've surpassed 200 every game this season. Their biggest problem was probably penalties. They were called for 11 for 121 yards.

That's an issue for the team to address in the coming days, but on Saturday the Spartans were happy to come through while their coach was resting.

"I talked to him pregame," Treadwell said. "I haven't had my phone on me. I'm sure he may have called. He gave me his blessing to begin the thing and just to relax and keep locked in. It's always good. He just has that reassuring voice."

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Team Stat Comparison

 
UNCO
MSU
1st Downs1523
Total Yards266532
Passing147331
Rushing119201
Penalties4-3011-121
3rd Down Conversions6-144-9
4th Down Conversions0-00-0
Turnovers41
Possession28:0231:58

Passing Leaders

Northern ColoradoC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Orms6/22934.203
Michigan StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Cousins16/2029014.520

Rushing Leaders

Northern ColoradoCARYDSAVGTDLG
Harris14634.5011
Robinson8334.1011
Michigan StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Bell11928.4318
Baker11595.4114

Receiving Leaders

Northern ColoradoRECYDSAVGTDLG
Morris23718.5132
Hutchings13737.0037
Michigan StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Dell26532.5055
Linthicum36321.0124

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERUNCOMSU
TD13:22Edwin Baker 5 Yd Run (Dan Conroy Kick) 07
TD03:35Le'Veon Bell 8 Yd Run (Dan Conroy Kick) 014
SECOND QUARTERUNCOMSU
TD09:16Brian Linthicum 24 Yd Pass From Kirk Cousins (Dan Conroy Kick) 021
TD03:27Le'Veon Bell 1 Yd Run (Dan Conroy Kick) 028
TD00:57Larry Caper 16 Yd Pass From Kirk Cousins (Dan Conroy Kick) 035
THIRD QUARTERUNCOMSU
TD02:38Le'Veon Bell 15 Yd Run (Dan Conroy Kick) 042
FOURTH QUARTERUNCOMSU
TD13:46Chris Morris 32 Yd Pass From Seth Lobato (Dave Eden Kick) 742
FG01:29Dan Conroy 43 Yd 745