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The Journal Gazette

Sunday, September 22, 2019 1:00 am

Big Ten

Spartans cruise after upset

Associated Press

EVANSTON, Ill. – Michigan State was determined to get back on track following a stunning loss.

It did.

Brian Lewerke had three touchdown passes, Elijah Collins added a rushing touchdown and the Spartans bounced back with a 31-10 win over Northwestern on Saturday.

Lewerke completed 18 of 31 passes for 228 yards, Collins had 76 yards rushing on 17 carries and tight end Matt Seybert had two TD receptions as Michigan State (3-1, 1-0 Big Ten Conference) snapped a three-game losing streak against the Wildcats (1-2, 0-1).

“I was very impressed with our workman-like attitude today,” coach Mark Dantonio said. “If something negative happened, we just lined up and played.”

Michigan State lost 10-7 to Arizona State the previous week after an apparent game-tying field goal was negated by penalty.

“We talked about last week, refocusing and getting back down to business, and that's what we did,” said linebacker Joe Bachie, who had 13 solo tackles and an interception.

The win was the 110th for Dantonio at Michigan State, making him the winningest coach in program history. Dantonio, who had been tied with Duffy Daugherty, is 110-52 in 13 seasons. Northwestern had its eight-game winning streak in Big Ten regular-season games snapped. The Wildcats had won 15 of 16 regular-season conference games.

Quarterback Hunter Johnson completed 15 of 26 passes for 88 yards with an interception before being pulled in the fourth quarter. Running back Drake Anderson had 86 yards rushing on 16 carries with a touchdown.

No. 6 OHIO STATE 76, MIAMI (OHIO) 5: In Columbus, Justin Fields threw for four touchdowns and rushed for two more scores in the second quarter for Ohio State.

The Buckeyes (4-0, 1-0), stunned by an early Fields end-zone fumble and safety, only led 7-5 after the first quarter. But that changed quickly as Fields hit K.J. Hill with a 53-yard touchdow pass and then ran for a 7-yard score 32 seconds later.

It was all Ohio State the rest of the way, with the Buckeyes' backups mopping up in the second half.

BOSTON COLLEGE 30, RUTGERS 16; In Piscataway, New Jersey, coach Steve Addazio needed a response from Boston College after being embarrassed the week before. His offense line, and running back AJ Dillon, gave it to him in an early must-win games.

Dillon ran for 150 yards and two touchdowns and Boston College (3-1) bounced back from a 24-point loss to Kansas.

Local product Anthony Brown scored on a quarterback sneak and running back David Bailey had a career-long 42-yard run as the Eagles ground out 272 yards in handing Rutgers (1-2) its second straight loss.