Spartans Re-Take Lead With Cousins TD Pass
Mark Dantonio
Managing Editor
Posted Sep 12, 2009


Michigan State found themselves behind for the first time this season before mounting a touchdown drive just before half to stake themselves to a 17-13 halftime lead.

EAST LANSING - UPDATE**- Kirk Cousins' 7-yard TD pass to B.J. Cunningham at the 7:33 mark gave MSU a 27-20 lead over Central Michigan. The pass culminated a 13-play, 80-yard drive.

UPDATE** Dan LeFevour's 12-yard pass to Kito Poblah resulted in the game tying TD with both teams all square at 20-20. The TD pass by LeFevour made him the MAC's al-time leading passer overtaking former Marshall great Byron Leftwich**

Michigan State found themselves behind for the first time this season before mounting a touchdown drive just before half to stake themselves to a 17-13 halftime lead.

Michigan State got on the scoreboard on their first drive of the game when Kirk Cousins hit Blair White on what appeared to be a 50-yard touchdown strike. But replay ruled that White was down at the 1-yard line and running back Caulton Ray cashed it in on the next play to give MSU a 7-0 lead.

CMU's 11 play, 36-yard drive stalled and Andrew Aguila booted a 49-yard field goal to cut MSU's lead to four.

MSU's Brett Swenson and Aguila traded field goals, with Swenson booting it from 39-yards out and Aguila nailing one for 31-yards out to keep the lead at four.

But MSU's offense stalled, going three and out on three straight possessions before CMU's star quarterback Dan LeFevour hit all-purpose man Antonio Brown from 6-yards out to give Central the lead at 13-10.

Keith Nichol, in relief of Cousins lead MSU on a 4-play 71-ard drive to put MSU back in front 17-13 at the half.

Brett Swenson's 32-yard field goal at 2:33 of the third quarter increased MSU's lead to 20-13.

GSN will have much more at the post game press conference and a recruiting report on visitors at the stadium today.


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