Michigan State Handled Western Michigan
Nothing came as easy as it did a year ago for Michigan State football. The run game without Kenneth Walker III looked pedestrian until the end.
Payton Thorne and the offense sputtered back and forth from struggling to sterling multiple times. Injuries came early, often and to key players.
Yet the 14th-ranked Spartans managed to build momentum at times through the air, then found a more consistent rhythm in the run & pass game late to pull away from Western Michigan for a 35-13 victory.
Thorne finished 12 for 24 for 233 yards with four touchdowns to four different receivers as MSU outgained the Broncos, 430-334.
Jalen Berger’s late surge gave him 120 yards on 16 carries, while Jarek Broussard added 54 yards on 10 attempts. Keon Coleman had a team-high four catches for 84 yards.
Thorne missed throws deep and long a few times early, appearing to have some rusty timing with his arm.
However, he got a big help when freshman Bernard leaped for a high, wide pass on a short slant & took off for 44-yard touchdown on MSU's 3rd drive to make it 7-3 with 4:37 left in the 1st quarter.