As Michigan State’s Jeremy Langford scampered into the end zone in the second quarter, his hand rested on offensive lineman Fou Fonoti’s back.
The 20-yard run took Langford over 1,000 yards for the season and it made perfect sense that it was untouched and escorted by the offensive line.
After all, that’s all Langford wanted to talk about after the game. Well, that and the play calling, the play of others and just getting the win as a team.
“I don’t really think about it that much,” Langford said of breaking the 1,000-yard mark. “I just know that we are winning and I’m doing whatever I have to do to help my team win.”
Langford had 150 yards rushing in the Spartans’ 30-6 win at Northwestern after posting 150 against Nebraska a week before. He also had 35 yards receiving, giving him a career-high in total yards with 185.
“We couldn’t ask for a better guy back there,” offensive lineman Dan France said. “He’s really humble and even though he might make a great run, he thanks us.
”We all really appreciate him.”
It also was the sixth consecutive game with more than 100 yards for the junior who continues to build on success week to week.
Coach Mark Dantonio said Langford is running with confidence, but also is handling things well off the field.
”He’s being a leader on the football team,” Dantonio said. “He’s an active leader on our football team. He’s extremely confident. He’s extremely humble. He’s playing great football.
”It’s sort of all wrapped up into one. His attitude is tremendous right now.”