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