Play-action passes help MSU extend lead

October, 2, 2010
10/02/10
6:12
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EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Kirk Cousins hasn't played a perfect game today, but he has been perfect in one element.

Cousins continues to execute play-action passes to perfection and confuse Wisconsin's defense. The Michigan State junior quarterback had the Badgers' defense biting on a first-down fake, allowing him to hit a wide-open Charlie Gantt for a big gain. Michigan State ended the drive the same way, as Cousins found Gantt for a 1-yard score after another good play-action fake.

After a slow start, Cousins is outplaying Scott Tolzien, completing 17 of 24 passes for 221 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.

If Michigan State continues to run effectively with Le'Veon Bell and Edwin Baker and get this type of play-action execution from Cousins, it'll be tough to beat the rest of the season. Wisconsin is in big trouble now, down 27-17 entering the fourth quarter.

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