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After offseason stroke, Smith scores TD in Michigan St. win

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Tyson Smith was experiencing headaches toward the end of November and found out he'd had a stroke.

Needless to say, his football future was in serious jeopardy.

''Around April, May, I got my memory back,'' Smith said. ''Around June - before I got cleared - I got my confidence back.''

Smith was not only cleared to play in Michigan State's season opener Saturday, he scored a touchdown on an interception return in the most heartwarming moment of his team's 35-10 victory over Bowling Green. Brian Lewerke threw three touchdown passes for the Spartans, who put the game away in the second half.

Smith, a junior, said he thought he had about a 30 percent chance of playing again after his health issues. Coach Mark Dantonio suggested the situation may have been even less promising.

''Here's a guy that was basically ruled out,'' Dantonio said. ''Sort of just kept getting a little bit better, and finally found people that said, `OK, you can play.' So he really never got back with us until August.''

Smith said one of the toughest parts of his recovery was his memory problems. He'd come up with ways to try to test it.

''I would just put my wallet here and see if I could remember it,'' he said. ''Or think of a color one day, put it in my phone a week, see if I can remember that color.''

With the Spartans comfortably ahead in the third quarter Saturday, Smith intercepted a pass and returned it 38 yards for a touchdown to make it 35-3. Quite a moment for somebody who was just happy to be playing.

''The feeling when I just stepped on the field was more than football, it was a blessing to see that I'm still me,'' Smith said. ''I felt normal - didn't know for sure if I was normal.''

Lewerke, who has taken over as the starting quarterback as a sophomore, went 22 of 33 for 250 yards and also made some crucial plays with his legs, running for a team-high 69 yards.

Michigan State and Bowling Green are both trying to rebound from losing seasons in 2016. The Spartans went 3-9 and then had four players dismissed amid sexual assault allegations during a tumultuous offseason , so they entered this season with a lot of work to do to return to respectability both on and off the field.

Michigan State marched down the field on the first drive of the game, only for LJ Scott to fumble the ball away near the goal line. The Spartans lost another fumble near midfield later in the quarter, but they finally took a 7-3 lead early in the second on a 7-yard touchdown run by Madre London.

From there, it was smoother sailing. Lewerke threw two TD passes to Felton Davis - a 4-yarder in the final seconds of the half and an 8-yarder in the third quarter. His 13-yard touchdown pass to Matt Sokol made it 28-3.

Cameron Jefferies returned a fumble 46 yards for a touchdown in the fourth for Bowling Green.

THE TAKEAWAY

Bowling Green: The Falcons won their last three games of 2016 after a 1-8 start, but they didn't mount much of a threat against Michigan State. Bowling Green managed only 108 yards through the first three quarters.

''We didn't play well offensively today. That was a key to the game,'' Bowling Green coach Mike Jinks said. ''The defense did everything that we asked them to do. I'm proud of that defensive unit.''

Michigan State: A lopsided win in the opener - plus a feel-good story in Smith - was what the Spartans needed, but they won't be happy with their turnovers. Scott, one of the team's most accomplished players, fumbled twice, and the Spartans lost three of their four fumbles in all.

QUARTERBACKS

Lewerke was coming off his own medical problem - a broken leg that ended his 2016 season. He completed passes to 10 different receivers.

Bowling Green's James Morgan was 10 for 31 for 145 yards with an interception. Scott Miller dropped a fourth-down pass near the goal line in the first quarter, when the Falcons were up 3-0.

HARD HITS

Bowling Green's Marcus Milton had a targeting penalty overturned by replay late in the second half, but the reprieve was only temporary for the Falcons. Fred Garth was ejected for targeting moments later.

UP NEXT

Bowling Green: The Falcons should have an easier opponent Saturday night when they face South Dakota in their home opener.

Michigan State: The Spartans host an in-state rival in Western Michigan on Saturday, with the Broncos coming off last year's stellar run to the Cotton Bowl.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 14:44
46-J.Suder extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
10
35
Touchdown 15:00
3-L.Scott to MSU 46 FUMBLES (7-A.Posey). 18-C.Jefferies runs 46 yards for a touchdown.
1
plays
57
yds
0:00
pos
9
35
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 2:24
4-M.Coghlin extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
3
35
Touchdown 2:33
12-J.Morgan incomplete. INTERCEPTED by 15-T.Smith at BGN 38. 15-T.Smith runs 38 yards for a touchdown.
1
plays
38
yds
0:00
pos
3
34
Point After TD 2:46
4-M.Coghlin extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
3
28
Touchdown 2:46
14-B.Lewerke complete to 81-M.Sokol. 81-M.Sokol runs 13 yards for a touchdown.
9
plays
-13
yds
03:36
pos
3
27
Point After TD 9:04
4-M.Coghlin extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
3
21
Touchdown 9:04
14-B.Lewerke complete to 18-F.Davis. 18-F.Davis runs 8 yards for a touchdown.
11
plays
11
yds
04:35
pos
3
20
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:09
4-M.Coghlin extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
3
14
Touchdown 0:14
14-B.Lewerke complete to 18-F.Davis. 18-F.Davis runs 4 yards for a touchdown.
7
plays
85
yds
1:29
pos
3
13
Point After TD 11:19
4-M.Coghlin extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
3
7
Touchdown 11:19
28-M.London runs 7 yards for a touchdown.
8
plays
-18
yds
03:41
pos
3
6
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 9:35
46-J.Suder 36 yards Field Goal is Good.
6
plays
4
yds
02:06
pos
3
0
Team Stats
1st Downs 9 25
Rushing 3 13
Passing 6 11
Penalty 0 1
3rd Down Conv 2-13 8-15
4th Down Conv 0-2 0-0
Total Net Yards 202 461
Total Plays 55 82
Avg Gain 3.7 5.6
Net Yards Rushing 67 215
Rush Attempts 24 46
Avg Rush Yards 2.8 4.7
Net Yards Passing 135 246
Comp. - Att. 10-31 22-36
Yards Per Pass 4.4 6.8
Sacked - Yards Lost 1-10 1-4
Penalties - Yards 4-20 8-46
Touchdowns 1 5
Rushing TDs 0 1
Passing TDs 0 3
Other 1 1
Turnovers 1 3
Fumbles - Lost 0-0 3-3
Int. Thrown 1 0
Punts - Avg 8-46.1 6-49.0
Return Yards 103 87
Punts - Returns 1-10 3-15
Kickoffs - Returns 5-93 2-34
Int. - Returns 0-0 1-38
Kicking 2/2 5/5
Extra Points 1/1 5/5
Field Goals 1/1 0/0
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Bowling Green 0-1 300710
Michigan State 1-0 01421035
135 PASS YDS 246
67 RUSH YDS 215
202 TOTAL YDS 461
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
J. Morgan 12 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
32.3% 145 0 1 65.1
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
32.3% 145 0 1 65.1
J. Morgan 10/31 145 0 1
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
A. Clair 32 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 22 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
4 22 0
A. Clair 4 22 0 15
M. Domer 23 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 21 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
4 21 0
M. Domer 4 21 0 14
J. Cleveland 1 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
8 16 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
8 16 0
J. Cleveland 8 16 0 6
T. Stephens Jr. 25 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 9 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 9 0
T. Stephens Jr. 1 9 0 9
D. Wilson 45 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 9 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
6 9 0
D. Wilson 6 9 0 3
J. Morgan 12 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 -10 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 -10 0
J. Morgan 1 -10 0 -10
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
D. Guyton 3 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 40 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 40 0
D. Guyton 2 40 0 45
Te. Redding 9 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 38 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 38 0
Te. Redding 2 38 0 31
S. Miller 21 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 29 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 29 0
S. Miller 2 29 0 15
H. Folkertsma 88 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 19 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 19 0
H. Folkertsma 1 19 0 19
M. Wilcox Jr. 6 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 12 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 12 0
M. Wilcox Jr. 1 12 0 12
D. Wilson 45 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 4 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 4 0
D. Wilson 1 4 0 4
A. Clair 32 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 3 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 3 0
A. Clair 1 3 0 3
J. Cleveland 1 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
J. Cleveland 0 0 0 0
J. Pough 14 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
J. Pough 0 0 0 0
L. Skattebo 42 FB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
L. Skattebo 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
N. Locke 27 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
11-4 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
11-4 0 0.0
N. Locke 11-4 0.0 0
C. Jefferies 18 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-3 0 0.0
C. Jefferies 7-3 0.0 0
R. Jackson Jr. 22 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
R. Jackson Jr. 6-1 0.0 0
A. Posey 7 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
A. Posey 5-0 0.0 0
B. Harris 19 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-3 0 0.0
B. Harris 4-3 0.0 0
B. Hale 38 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
B. Hale 3-1 0.0 0
D. Konowalski 8 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 1.0
D. Konowalski 3-0 1.0 0
K. Junior 95 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
K. Junior 3-0 0.0 0
M. Milton 14 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
M. Milton 3-1 0.0 0
T. Wade 24 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
T. Wade 2-1 0.0 0
F. Garth 4 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
F. Garth 2-0 0.0 0
B. Sanders 58 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
B. Sanders 2-0 0.0 0
A. Sotolongo 21 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
A. Sotolongo 1-0 0.0 0
A. Banks 11 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
A. Banks 1-0 0.0 0
G. Schwieterman 63 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-3 0 0.0
G. Schwieterman 1-3 0.0 0
J. Murphy 20 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Murphy 1-0 0.0 0
J. Harper 50 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Harper 1-0 0.0 0
J. Walz III 36 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
J. Walz III 1-1 0.0 0
K. Coleman 55 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
K. Coleman 0-1 0.0 0
D. Hutchins 44 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
D. Hutchins 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
J. Suder 46 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 1/1
SEASON FG XP
1/1 1/1
J. Suder 1/1 36 1/1 4
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
J. Davidson 49 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
8 46.1 3
SEASON NO AVG IN20
8 46.1 3
J. Davidson 8 46.1 3 64
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
A. Clair 32 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
4 20.3 32 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
4 20.3 32 0
A. Clair 4 20.3 32 0
L. Skattebo 42 FB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 12.0 12 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 12.0 12 0
L. Skattebo 1 12.0 12 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
M. Milton 14 DB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 10.0 10 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 10.0 10 0
M. Milton 1 10.0 10 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
B. Lewerke 14 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
66.7% 250 3 0 160.3
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
66.7% 250 3 0 160.3
B. Lewerke 22/33 250 3 0
D. Terry 6 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
0% 0 0 0 0.0
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
0% 0 0 0 0.0
D. Terry 0/3 0 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
B. Lewerke 14 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
8 69 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
8 69 0
B. Lewerke 8 69 0 22
M. London 28 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
10 54 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
10 54 1
M. London 10 54 1 11
G. Holmes 24 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
9 40 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
9 40 0
G. Holmes 9 40 0 16
L. Scott 3 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
15 39 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
15 39 0
L. Scott 15 39 0 6
D. Stewart Jr. 25 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 28 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
3 28 0
D. Stewart Jr. 3 28 0 28
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
D. Stewart Jr. 25 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
6 85 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 85 0
D. Stewart Jr. 6 85 0 40
T. Jackson 86 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 41 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 41 0
T. Jackson 3 41 0 21
F. Davis III 18 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 35 2
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 35 2
F. Davis III 4 35 2 15
Ma. Sokol 81 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 31 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 31 1
Ma. Sokol 3 31 1 13
C. Chambers 21 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 29 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 29 0
C. Chambers 1 29 0 29
C. White 7 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 12 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 12 0
C. White 1 12 0 12
G. Holmes 24 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 8 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 8 0
G. Holmes 1 8 0 8
H. Rison 5 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 5 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 5 0
H. Rison 1 5 0 5
L. Nelson 13 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 5 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 5 0
L. Nelson 1 5 0 5
M. Seybert 80 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
M. Seybert 0 0 0 0
L. Scott 3 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 -1 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 -1 0
L. Scott 1 -1 0 -1
Defense T-A SACK INT
J. Bachie 35 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
8-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-2 0 0.0
J. Bachie 8-2 0.0 0
C. Frey 23 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 1.0
C. Frey 3-2 1.0 0
S. Jones 49 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
S. Jones 3-0 0.0 0
D. Dowell 6 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
D. Dowell 3-0 0.0 0
J. Butler 19 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
J. Butler 3-0 0.0 0
J. Alexander 97 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
J. Alexander 2-0 0.0 0
A. Dowell 5 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
A. Dowell 2-2 0.0 0
K. Willis 27 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
K. Willis 2-1 0.0 0
A. Simmons 34 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
A. Simmons 2-0 0.0 0
K. Willekes 48 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
K. Willekes 2-0 0.0 0
G. Owens 41 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
G. Owens 1-0 0.0 0
J. Panasiuk 96 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
J. Panasiuk 1-2 0.0 0
D. Alexander 52 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
D. Alexander 1-0 0.0 0
K. Stallworth 51 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
K. Stallworth 1-2 0.0 0
N. Jones 93 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
N. Jones 0-1 0.0 0
J. Scott 22 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
J. Scott 0-1 0.0 0
C. Chambers 21 WR
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
C. Chambers 0-1 0.0 0
T. Smith 15 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
T. Smith 0-0 0.0 1
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
M. Coghlin 4 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/0 5/5
SEASON FG XP
0/0 5/5
M. Coghlin 0/0 0 5/5 5
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
J. Hartbarger 25 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
6 49.0 3
SEASON NO AVG IN20
6 49.0 3
J. Hartbarger 6 49.0 3 57
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
D. Stewart Jr. 25 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 22.0 22 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 22.0 22 0
D. Stewart Jr. 1 22.0 22 0
N. Davis 84 TE
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 12.0 12 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 12.0 12 0
N. Davis 1 12.0 12 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
D. Stewart Jr. 25 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 5.0 10 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
3 5.0 10 0
D. Stewart Jr. 3 5.0 10 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:41 BGREEN 31 2:06 6 4 FG
7:58 BGREEN 9 1:41 6 16 Punt
3:43 MICHST 41 0:59 5 8
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:13 BGREEN 13 1:19 5 12 Punt
4:02 BGREEN 20 2:16 4 19 Punt
0:03 BGREEN 28 0:00 1 4 End of quarter
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:54 BGREEN 19 1:10 3 6 Punt
8:57 BGREEN 12 2:24 4 9 Punt
2:40 BGREEN 32 0:07 2 66 INT
2:24 BGREEN 25 0:45 3 4 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:44 MICHST 7 0:00 1 -58
13:46 BGREEN 22 3:24 7 36
8:31 BGREEN 20 1:02 4 23 Punt
5:36 BGREEN 16 1:04 4 19 Punt
1:22 BGREEN 15 0:49 4 26 End of game
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:52 MICHST 35 3:00 7 64
9:26 MICHST 34 1:20 3 7 Punt
6:09 MICHST 38 2:20 5 3
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 BGREEN 40 3:41 8 40 TD
9:42 MICHST 11 5:30 10 44 Punt
1:35 MICHST 15 1:26 10 85 TD
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:39 MICHST 31 4:35 11 11 TD
6:22 BGREEN 45 3:36 9 -13 TD
2:24 BGREEN 7 0:00 1 -58
1:30 MICHST 28 1:11 3 15 End of quarter
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:44 MICHST 25 0:50 4 9 Punt
10:14 MICHST 42 1:34 5 19 Punt
7:21 MICHST 22 1:35 3 8 Punt
4:19 MICHST 14 2:48 5 24 Punt