No. 12 Michigan State showed no signs of an emotional hangover from last week’s loss to Ohio State with a 37-15 win over Maryland on Saturday night in College Park.
The Spartans led 9-0 until Maryland’s C.J. Brown hit Daniel Adams for a 20-yard touchdown pass to pull within 9-7, but Jeremy Langford added an eight-yard touchdown run with two minutes before the half and never looked back from there. R.J. Williamson returned an interception 22 yards for a touchdown for the only scoring in the third quarter, and Langford raced in from 25 yards out midway through the fourth to officially put the game out of reach.
Brown fired a second touchdown pass, this one a 31-yarder to Juwann Winfree, but Michigan State scored three plays later on a 33-yard dash by Nick Hill to provide the final score.
Connor Cook completed 14-of-31 passes for 240 yards, and Langford rushed 25 times for 138 yards and those two scores to lead the Spartans.
Michigan State out-rushed Maryland 242-6 on the night.
Playing without Stefon Diggs, Brown completed 20-of-43 passes for 246 yards with two scoring strikes and three interceptions.
The win moves Michigan State to 8-2 on the season with games against Rutgers and Penn State remaining. The Spartans know they aren’t playing for a Big Ten or national championship, but the possibility of a 10-2 regular season, a Top 10 ranking and an Orange Bowl berth remain on the line.
Maryland, meanwhile, drops to 6-4 on the season with a trip to Michigan waiting on Saturday.