Spartans Deliver Shutout Victory Over Akron

Nick King, Lansing State Journal / USA TODAY NETWORK

EAST LANSING, MICHIGAN, September 10, 2021 ~ The Michigan State Spartans went to 2-0 Saturday in a decisive 52-0 win over the Akron Zips. Just a week after the Spartans struggled through a late game push to best Western Michigan, it appeared that their focuses in practice had paid off.

We had a lot of things that we needed to clean up, and I felt like we came into the game a better football team,” said MSU Football Head Coach Mel Tucker in his post-game press conference. “We just had to go out on the field and show that … and play a better brand of football more consistently. Offense and defense especially, complimenting each other for the entire ball game. I think our focus was better … our intensity throughout was better. There were a lot of good things for us to build upon with our team in all three phases.

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September 10, 2022 ~ MSU play-by-play broadcasters George Blaha and Jason Strayhorn talk with 760 WJR’s Steve Courtney about MSU’s week one win against the Broncos, with a look at the aspects that Coach Tucker and his team are likely focused on for improvement and optimization.


EAST LANSING, MICHIGAN, September 10, 2022 ~ Gary Marx kicks-off the “MSU WJR Tailgate Show” by directing the Michigan State Strolling Spartans in a rendition of “Victory For MSU.”


September 8, 2022 ~ MSU Football Coach Mel Tucker talks to Paul, Steve, and Sean about this weekend’s game in East Lansing against the Akron Zips. The “WJR MSU Tailgate Show” gets underway at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

(CONTINUED) The Spartan offense had six rushing touchdowns in the game, with sophomore running back Jalen Berger leading the stats through 107 yards and three touchdowns. Graduate running back Jarek Broussard netted 81 yards and two touchdowns, while senior Elijah Collins roped in eight carries for one touchdown and 57 yards. Junior quarterback Payton Thorne completed 18 of his 28 passes, racking up 212 yards.

Senior linebacker Jacoby Windmon led the defense, serving five tackles, 1.5 sacks, and 2.5 tackles-for-loss, as well as three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. Graduate cornerback Ameer Speed had nine tackles, while junior safety Angelo Grose and senior defensive back Kendell Brooks had seven tackles each.

The Spartans travel next Saturday, September 17 to Seattle where they’ll take on 2-0 Washington. Coverage begins at 5 p.m. on 760 WJR.

 

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Spartans Deliver Shutout Victory Over Akron

September 10, 2022 ~ Michigan State‘s Jayden Reed runs after a catch as Akron‘s KJ Martin trails behind during the first quarter at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing. Photo:  Nick King, Lansing State Journal / USA TODAY NETWORK

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