Michigan State Defeats Florida Atlantic, 30-17
The Spartans improve to 2-0.
Sept. 11, 2010
DETROIT (AP) - Edwin Baker ran for an 80-yard touchdown and had 183 yards rushing to lead Michigan State to a 30-17 win over Florida Atlantic on Saturday.
The Spartans (2-0) wore their road whites in the Motor City matchup that was originally scheduled to be at the Owls' new stadium in Boca Raton, Fla.
Florida Atlantic (1-1) chose to play at the Detroit Lions' home because its 30,000-seat venue won't be open until next year.
Baker's 80-yard TD put Michigan State ahead 27-7 early in the third quarter.
The Owls had a chance to pull within a TD and 2-point conversion with 2:50 left, but coach Howard Schnellenberger settled for a field goal instead of going for it from the Michigan State 6.
Kirk Cousins had 142 yards passing, a TD and an interception for the Spartans.
Florida Atlantic's Jeff Van Camp was 23-of-35 for 215 yards and a score.