Marcus Rush

Michigan State has terrific game control of Rutgers at the half

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Still with a shot to win the Big Ten East Division, if it gets major help from Indiana and Michigan, the Michigan State Spartans are looking to finish the regular season on a strong note in Big Ten play. So far, in the home finale to the 2014 season, Michigan State is pummeling its new Big Ten division opponents from Rutgers. The Spartans have dominated from start to finish against the visiting Scarlet Knights and lead 21-0 at the half.

Spartans running back Jeremy Langford has rushed for 86 yards and two touchdowns, including a 38-yard scoring run in the second quarter. Quarterback Connor Cook has played well in passing for 205 yards and two touchdowns. The Spartans have converted seven of eight third downs for first downs, and the one time they failed they picked it up on fourth down anyway.

Michigan State’s defense is looking the way you probably expect Michigan State’s defense to look. Rutgers has been held to 16 yards of offense and quarterback Gary Nova has been picked off twice. Rutgers has picked up just two third down conversions on eight attempts.

Marcus Rush went to the locker room with a right shoulder injury in the first quarter. Rush entered the game with 33 tackles and 8.5 tackles for loss with 5.5 sacks this season.