The Michigan State Spartans punished Wyoming last Saturday by a score of 56-14 at home. It wasn’t even close… once again.
The heartbreaking loss in such a lackluster fashion to Oregon in week two of the season was certainly a punch in the gut for Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio and his players. It was a defeat that marked this year as one of missed opportunities just 14 short days into it. Yet, since then, the Spartans have been rolling over non-conference opponents like they were in a different league and putting up record numbers to boot.
If you’re young, and your girlfriend dumps you, what do you do to compensate? You put on a tough face, smile, and go and try to land an even better looking woman while winking at everyone you see and tossing out high fives.
That’s kind of what No. 9 Michigan State (3-1) is doing now. They’ve been scorned by one of the hottest women (teams) in the nation in Oregon, and despite claims that they wouldn’t do so, the Spartans have been peacocking for the last few weeks to save some face.
MSU is setting all kinds of new records on offense these days, flexing their muscles for the fans. This includes scoring an average of 50.3 points over their first four games, their most in school history (and that score includes the dismal, mere 24 points they scored against the Ducks). Michigan State totaled an incredible 533 yards of total offense, with quarterbacks Connor Cook and Damion Terry sharing duties once the Spartans had the game firmly in their grasp (which didn’t take long).
Jeremy Langford was dynamic, hitting the Cowboys from all over the field, running tailback sweeps, power plays, jet sweeps, counters, and misdirection with 10-different ball carriers. MSU totaled over 300 yards in rushing alone. In fact, Michigan State scored five rushing touchdowns with five different players, including wide receiver Keith Mumphery who became the first receiver to score a rushing touchdown since Keshawn Martin did so back in 2011.
If that is not peacocking, we’d be hard-pressed to know what is.
It was the first time Michigan State scored more than 50 points in back-to-back games since 1978 and Dantonio, despite all of his admiration for understatement, couldn’t seem more proud.
“Very impressive start of the game by our offense,” Dantonio said. “Really, the first six drives, every drive in the first half, resulted in a touchdown. You have 42 in the first half, tough to overcome that. Defensively, came up with three turnovers and a blocked kick, which is like a turnover, so big momentum swings in the football game.”
Odds are the Spartans will continue to look to show off now that the Big Ten season will get underway with Nebraska coming to visit East Lansing this coming weekend. The Cornhuskers are undefeated and other than Oregon in week two, will pose the first real threat to Michigan State they’ve seen since then. Perhaps the peacocking will pay off. Perhaps it’s just smoke and mirrors against lowly opponents.
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