Latest From Spartan Football: Defense Retains the Green Jerseys with a 45-32 Victory Over the Offense

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The Spartan Nation already knows what the offense can do, so the dominance of the defense is good news.

The Spartan Nation already knows what the offense can do, so the dominance of the defense is good news.

Individual Stat Leaders:

Rushing – Larry Caper rushed nine times for 36 yards; Le’Veon Bell had six carries for 32 yards.

 

Passing – Kirk Cousins completed 13-of-21 for 128 yards, including a 30-yard touchdown strike to B.J. Cunningham.

 

Receiving – B.J. Cunningham had five receptions for 67 yards, including a 30-yard touchdown grab from Kirk Cousins; Bennie Fowler caught four passes for 41 yards, including a 19-yard TD grab from Joe Boisture.

 

Defensive Stat Leaders:

LB Eric Gordon – recorded a scrimmage-best nine tackles.

 

LB Greg Jones – produced eight tackles, with two for losses (10 yards) including a 7-yard sack.

 

LB Chris Norman – posted six tackles and a pass break-up.

 

LB Jon Misch – contributed five tackles, with 2.5 for losses (10 yards) including a 6-yard sack; also credited with one quarterback hurry.

 

 

Mark Dantonio post-scrimmage quotes:

“It was a physical scrimmage, but the day belonged to the defense. Defensively, we pressured the quarterback, played the ball well in the secondary and made stops on third down.

 

“The linebackers were very active. Just looking at the stat sheet, Greg Jones, Eric Gordon, Chris Norman, Denicos Allen, Jon Misch and Max Bullough all played well.

 

“Offensively, we didn’t commit any turnovers, so that’s a positive. We also ran the ball with toughness this afternoon and that’s important. We’ll continue to focus on cleaning up the unforced penalties.

 

“Overall, I’m pleased because we were able to get work for the first, second and third team. So everybody was involved, and we came out of the scrimmage without any significant injuries. We have another week of preseason camp to go before turning our complete attention over to our first opponent, Western Michigan.”