April 28, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The White defeated the Green, 14-2, in Michigan State's spring game Saturday afternoon at Spartan Stadium.
"As always with spring games there is a mixture of good things going on, and some things you have to address," said Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio. "All in all, I thought our football team played hard. Very competitive out there - I thought our defense came to play."
Playing for both teams, quarterback Connor Cook completed 20-of-45 passes for 294 yards. He led a nine-play, 97-yard drive in just 1:15 at the end of the second quarter for the White, capped by a 3-yard touchdown pass to Andre Sims Jr. with seven seconds remaining in the half.
"You saw some good things from Connor Cook, especially in the second half," said Dantonio. "I think he settled down a bit. He grew enormously I think in terms of playing in this type of environment, having to play every play also with the TV type situation, just the pressure of it all. I think he was very calm in the huddle and did some good things."
The White added to its lead in the third quarter, as Nick Hill broke free for a 32-yard TD run to make it 14-2. Hill, who also played for both teams, combined for 95 yards on 19 carries.
The Green scored its only points of the game on a safety in the second quarter. William Gholston tackled Hill for a 2-yard loss in the end zone to give the Green a 2-0 advantage.
The defense for both the Green and the White controlled most of the game. The White finished with eight tackles for loss (41 yards) and three sacks (22 yards), while the Green had six tackles for loss (25 yards) and one sack (8 yards).
"You thought the ball was going to break out and then all of a sudden everything would close up quickly," remarked Dantonio on the defensive effort from both squads. "They were running and hitting, and the hitting was very good from where I was standing. Significant hitting, which is a positive. We can run, we can tackle, we can do the things on the defensive side of the ball that allows you to be successful."
Marcus Rush led the White with three tackles for loss (23 yards), including 2.5 sacks (18 yards). He finished with five tackles overall.
Kurtis Drummond led the Green with six tackles, while Jeremy Gainer posted five stops, including two for losses (10 yards). In addition to his safety, Gholston had another tackle for loss for 7 yards.
Dion Sims led all receivers with four catches for 73 yards as the tight end for the Green. Sims Jr. had three receptions for 22 yards, including his 3-yard TD, for the White.
First-team All-Big Ten cornerback Johnny Adams also had a 45-yard reception for the White during the 97-yard touchdown drive late in the second quarter.
Earlier in the day, the Michigan State football program hosted the annual youth clinic on the practice fields outside of the Duffy Daugherty Building. Check out a photo gallery from the event here.