Michigan State might not be at the point that it’s ready to say “Le’Veon Bell who?” but junior tailback Jeremy Langford took the Spartans one step closer Saturday in Michigan State’s 42-28 win over Indiana.
Langford rushed the ball 23 times for 109 yards and three touchdowns. Then he added an 11-yard touchdown reception for good measure. It was the first time since 2010 that a Spartan had a four-touchdown game and it was Langford’s first 100-yard rushing game.
“We just talked about playing hard, getting the yards, breaking tackles and making someone miss,” Langford said. “That’s what we were missing; that’s what we’ve been doing in practice and that’s what we did today.”
Langford’s breakout week helped to spark fire for a growing Spartans offense. He was assisted on the carries by MSU freshmen Delton Williams (12 carries, 92 yards) and R.J. Shelton (two carries, 40 yards, one touchdown), and their production on the ground opened up the passing game for quarterback Connor Cook (22-of-31, 235 yards, two touchdowns).
While a 100-yard game for a running back isn’t necessarily uncommon, it does show a huge sign of life for a Michigan State offense that many thought wouldn’t be able to produce.
“Everybody is getting comfortable,” Langford said. “As a team, we’re getting more comfortable.”