The Michigan State Spartans cruised to a 45-7 win over Jacksonville State on three first-quarter touchdown passes by Connor Cook.
No. 8 Michigan State cruised to an easy victory Saturday as they beat Jacksonville State, 45-7.
Quarterback Connor Cook built on his Rose Bowl performance with a showing for the ages. The Heisman candidate threw for 285 yards and three touchdowns, all of which were thrown in the first quarter. Cook completed 12-of-13 of his passes before being pulled after halftime.
Cook had survived an injury scare on a late hit to his left leg, and the pass he threw on the play was a touchdown to wide receiver Tony Lippett. Lippett finished with four receptions, 167 yards and two touchdowns.
In the second quarter, running back Nick Hill extended the Spartans’ lead with two touchdowns before a field goal was made as time expired.
The Gamecocks failed to generate any offense in the first half as they didn’t score a single point, and quarterback Eli Jenkins threw two interceptions before he was pulled for Max Shortell. Shortell threw a touchdown pass to help the Gamecocks avoid being shut out.
In the fourth quarter, Spartans backup quarterback Tyler O’Connor rushed for a three-yard touchdown to put the score at 45-7.