Youngstown State Vs. Michigan State: Spartans Survive Early Scare, Defeat Penguins, 28-6

The Michigan State Spartans played a close game early with the Youngstown State Penguins, but came away with a 28-6 victory.

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Youngstown State Vs. Michigan State Final Score: Kirk Cousins Leads Spartans To 28-6 Victory Over Penguins

After a slow start to the game, the No. 17 Michigan St. Spartans defeated the Youngstown St. Penguins, 28-6, to open the season. Quarterback Kirk Cousins and running back Le'Veon Bell combined for three of the team's touchdowns.

Michigan State and Youngstown held one another scoreless in the first quarter, but running back Larry Caper scored a touchdown on a six-yard run to put the Spartans in the lead. Youngstown scored its only points less than five minutes later on a touchdown pass, but the kicker missed the extra point.

Le'Veon Bell increased the Spartans' lead later in the quarter with a three-yard touchdown run. Quarterback Kirk Cousins and wide receiver B.J. Cunningham connected on a 55-yard reception at the start of that drive. Cousins later threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to Cunningham. He went 18-of-22 for 221 yards while Cunningham finished with 129 yards on nine catches. Bell added a second touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Michigan State hosts Florida Atlantic next week at Spartan Stadium,

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Youngstown State Vs. Michigan State Score: Kirk Cousins Delivers 2nd TD Pass; Spartans Lead Penguins, 21-6

The Michigan St. Spartans have created some breathing room in their game with the Youngstown St. Penguins with a third quarter touchdown. After leading 14-6 at halftime, the Spartans waited until late in the third quarter to add to that lead.

Kirk Cousins led the Spartans down the field for 75 yards. He capped it off with an 18-yard pass to B.J. Cunningham on the 11th play of the drive. Cousins is 11-of-15 for 169 yards and the touchdown pass so far. Cunningham, in addition to his touchdown reception, had a 55-yard reception in the first half that set up Le'Veon Bell's touchdown run. He has six receptions for 111 yards.

Despite the lead, the Spartans are trailing in time of possession to the Penguins, 22:56 to 17:12. But the scoreboard doesn't care about that.

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Youngstown State Vs. Michigan State Score: Spartans Hold 14-6 Lead In 2nd Quarter

The Michigan St. Spartans hold a 14-6 lead over the Youngstown St. Penguins with less than half of the second quarter left to play. The two teams held each other scoreless during the first quarter of play, but the Spartans opened up the scoring early in the second quarter.

Michigan St. quarterback Kirk Cousins and running back Edwin Baker led the Spartans down the field for 80 yards, watching Larry Caper run the ball in for a six-yard touchdown. The Penguins answered back on the next drive by marching down the field for 62 yards. Kurt Hess found Jelani Berassa for a 10-yard touchdown.

Cousins responded on the first play of the next drive with a 55-yard pass to B.J. Cunningham. Le'Veon Bell rushed the ball on the next three plays, picking up 19 yards and a three-yard touchdown.

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Youngstown State Vs. Michigan State: Game Time, TV Schedule, Odds And More

The Michigan State Spartans will use their season opener against Youngstown State as a warm up for the bigger fish of the B1G conference.

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