Michigan State’s big first half leads Spartans past Penguins


EAST LANSING, Michigan (WKBN) – Youngstown State fell to Michigan State 42-14 Saturday at Spartan Stadium.

Michigan State built a big first half lead, racking up 400 yards of total offense in the first two quarters to lead YSU 35-7 at halftime.

The Spartans started the scoring in the 1st quarter when quarterback Payton Thorne connected with Jayden Reed for a 75-yard touchdown.

Thorne scored again in first quarter on a 10-yard touchdown run to extend the lead to 14-0.

Thorne and Reed would connect again the in 2nd quarter on an 85-yard touchdown pass.

Michigan State extended their lead to 28-0 after a 20-yard touchdown pass Elijah Collins.

YSU found the endzone later in the 2nd quarter. Quarterback Demeatric Crenshaw scored on a 6-yard touchdown run.

Michigan State headed into halftime up 35-7 following a 6-yard touchdown run from Kenneth Walker III.

Penguins’ Christian Turner cut the deficit to 35-14 with a 26-yard touchdown run in the 3rd quarter.

Thorne and Halen Nailor connected in the fourth on a 16-yard pass in the fourth to make it 42-12.

The Spartans finished with 595 yards of total offense, while the Penguins recorded 304.

Crenshaw complete 10-of-23 passes for 81 yards and had one interception in the loss.

Today marked Youngstown State’s 3rd trip to Michigan State, but their first since 2013.

The Penguins will have a week off and return to action on September 25th. They host Western Illinois at 6pm at Stambaugh Stadium.

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