Spartans Cruise in Shut Out Win Over Rutgers, 49-0
RB LJ Scott ran for 122 yards and one touchdown in win over the Scarlet Knights.
Nov. 12, 2016
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Tyler O'Connor threw three touchdown passes in the first half, and Michigan State snapped its seven-game losing streak with a 49-0 rout of Rutgers on Saturday in what was a matchup of the last two teams in the Big Ten without a conference win.
Now Rutgers (2-8, 0-7) is alone at the bottom of the league after the Spartans (3-7, 1-6) raced out to a 35-0 halftime lead. LJ Scott ran for 103 of his 122 yards in the first half, and Demetrious Cox returned an interception for a touchdown.
''We sort of climbed out under a rock a little bit,'' Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio said.
Rutgers never made it farther than the Michigan State 27-yard line - and on that drive in the second quarter, the Scarlet Knights ended up punting from the 30. The Spartans drove 92 yards the other way and took a 28-0 lead on a 4-yard touchdown pass from O'Connor to Josiah Price.
Price caught two touchdown passes, including a 2-yarder that opened the scoring in the first quarter. Cox made it 14-0 with a 30-yard interception return, and O'Connor added a 50-yard touchdown pass to Trishton Jackson later in the first.
''These guys hit us in the mouth. Simple as that,'' Rutgers coach Chris Ash said.
Michigan State: The Spartans host No. 6 Ohio State.