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Saturday, October 9, 2010
Spartans' big-play offense strikes again

By Adam Rittenberg

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Michigan built its 5-0 record on big plays, especially those involving Denard Robinson.

But through the first two-plus quarters today, Michigan State is making all the noise.

All three of the Spartans' touchdowns have stretched longer than 40 yards, the last a 41-yard pass from Kirk Cousins to Mark Dell to put Michigan State up 23-10. The Spartans made a statement on the first drive of the second half, continuing to exploit the holes in Michigan's defense.

Cousins stayed in the pocket nicely despite pressure from Craig Roh and made a beautiful throw to Dell, who beat true freshman Cullen Christian. Christian had entered the game after an injury to James Rogers.

Michigan needs to resurrect its big-play offense before it's too late. The Spartans lead 24-10 early in the third quarter, but Michigan is driving.