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Michigan State puts Youngstown State on ice in home opener, 42-14 The Only Colors
The Michigan State Spartans’ 2021 home opener against the Youngstown State Penguins went just about as well as could be expected. The afternoon provided fans with a little bit of everything. The revamped pregame routine featured big American flags, both “Thunderstruck” and “Swag Surfin,’” and Sparty.

Payton Thorne and Michigan State football smash Youngstown State, 42-14 Detroit Free Press
One play, one touchdown seems to be the new format for Michigan State football to get off to a fast start. And Payton Thorne welcomed back Spartan fans by showing quickly why he won the starting quarterback job.

Michigan State’s resurgent run game rumbles over another opponent Detroit News
The numbers have been so impressive, it’s forced most folks to do a double-take. In the opener last week at Northwestern, Michigan State ran for 326 yards. On Saturday in the home opener against Youngstown State, the Spartans rolled up 272 yards on their way to a dominating 42-14 victory at Spartan Stadium.

Another fast start ignites Michigan State football in rout of Youngstown State Detroit News
Jayden Reed’s eyes got big and a smile spread across his face. He was thinking about his 75-yard touchdown reception from Payton Thorne on the first play of the game Saturday, the second straight week Michigan State began the game with a touchdown on the first play from scrimmage.

How Mel Tucker used Michigan State football’s blowout to find hidden gems for future games Detroit Free Press
Michigan State football head coach Mel Tucker rotated his defensive and offensive linemen liberally at Northwestern. Not so much so at other positions. But the Spartans took care of business quickly with a fast start in Saturday’s 42-14 win over Youngstown State in the home opener, and Tucker maximized the opportunity to get a number of players first-half snaps on both sides of the ball.

Takeaways, observations from Michigan State’s lopsided win vs. Youngstown State MLive
Michigan State’s road debut in the 2021 season was a successful one. So was its home opener. After a win at Northwestern last week, the Spartans (2-0) rolled to a 42-14 victory against FCS opponent Youngstown State (1-1) on Saturday in East Lansing.

Michigan State notes: Elijah Collins injured, Xavier Henderson’s spectacular INT and fans return MLive
It took until the second quarter of the second game of the season for Elijah Collins get a shot in the backfield. Then the Michigan State redshirt junior running back did it all in Saturday’s 42-14 win against Youngstown State at Spartan Stadium.

Grades for Michigan State football’s performance against Youngstown State Lansing State Journal
Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch grades the Spartans on a scale of 1-10.

Notes & Quotes: Mel Tucker says “There’s a sense of urgency and hunger to get better” for Michigan State The Only Colors
“The athletic department worked really hard to set the stage for a great day and I’m proud of our football team for what we were able to get done today,” Michigan State head coach Mel Tucker said during his opening remarks following the game.

Michigan State football’s offensive dominance nothing new for Payton Thorne, Jayden Reed Detroit Free Press
They’ve done this before. For years. Payton Thorne dropping back to pass, Jayden Reed making defenders chase his number from behind. One releases the ball, the other runs under it. Then they celebrate a touchdown together. Only the stage is bigger now, the stakes higher, the fans louder and more plentiful.

The Good, The Bad, The Random in Michigan State’s stress-free win against Youngstown State The Only Colors
For the sixth time in eight years, your Michigan State Spartans have kicked off the season 2-0. Sure, it wasn’t necessarily a game against Alabama, but that doesn’t matter right now. A win over Youngstown State is still a win, 2-0 is 2-0, baby, and the Spartans are looking pretty good! Oh, and, head coach Mel Tucker says the team is hungry for more.