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Saturday, September 24, 2011
Spartans take it away in easy victory

By Adam Rittenberg

Michigan State rebounded well from last week's blowout loss at Notre Dame, thumping Central Michigan to ruin the return of former assistant and quarterback Dan Enos.

Let's take a look.

Michigan State 45, Central Michigan 7: Last fall, the Spartans' secondary lived by the motto MAP -- Make A Play -- and they've carried it over into this season. Michigan State recorded four interceptions, returning one for a touchdown, in a romp against Central Michigan. Defensive backs accounted for three of the four picks, as safeties Isaiah Lewis and Kurtis Drummond both recorded their second interceptions of the season, with Lewis racing 37 yards to the end zone. Aside from a few moments, Michigan State's defense has played really well this season and clamped down against the run again today.

The Spartans needed a rebound performance from their offensive line and rushed for 198 yards while holding the ball for 38:12 against the Chippewas. Le'Veon Bell stated his case to be the featured back with three first-half rushing touchdowns, although both Larry Caper and Edwin Baker remain in the mix. Coach Mark Dantonio really wanted to re-establish the run today, and he had to be pleased with what he saw. Michigan State's offense faces a much tougher test next week at Ohio State.