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No. 21 Michigan State flips 2016 record, goes 9-3

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) No. 21 Michigan State capped a terrific turnaround season with a dominant performance that probably would have been record-setting if the NCAA kept one for time of possession in a game.

Brian Lewerke threw for a touchdown and ran for another and the Spartans held the ball for more than 47 minutes in defeating Rutgers 40-7 on Saturday to probably write a ticket to one of college football better bowl games.

Michigan State (9-3, 7-2 Big Ten, CFP No. 16) will have to wait a week to get its bowl bid, but what they did against Rutgers was eye-popping. They held the ball for 47 minutes, 50 seconds.

There is no NCAA single-game record for time of possession but Air Force claimed a mark last season after holding the ball for 45:14 in a win over Georgia State on Sept. 12, 2016.

The important thing for Spartans coach Mark Dantonio and his team was flipping the script from 2016. They went 3-9 overall, 1-8 in the league and missed a postseason game for the first time since 2006.

''It's most important for our players who are playing to experience a bowl, to experience what it is like to play a great opponent,'' Dantonio said. ''We'll have another opportunity to play on national TV on New Year's Day and those things don't come along often. We have to run to those things and that was the message to our football team this week.''

Senior linebacker Chris Frey had a gut feeling that Michigan State would turn things around in a season where many felt getting six wins would be terrific.

''I knew the guys on this team had the ability and the fire in their hearts to get to this point,'' Frey said. ''To say we flipped it, and went 9-3 is just an unbelievable accomplishment.''

This was a outstanding performance by Michigan State, which got a career-best four field goals from redshirt freshman Matt Coghlin and short touchdown runs by Lewerke, Gerald Holmes and Madre London in the fourth quarter.

Michigan State had a 431-112 advantage in total yards, limited Scarlet Knights' running game to a season-low 14 yards and no first down on six third-down chances in sending Rutgers (4-8, 3-6) to its third straight loss.

Still, this was a better season for Rutgers coach Chris Ash, who endured a 2-10 overall record and an 0-9 conference record in his first season. Freshman Johnathan Lewis stepped in late in the first quarter and threw a 42-yard touchdown pass to Raheem Blackshear that pulled the Scarlet Knights (4-8, 3-6) within 16-7 at halftime despite having the ball less than six minutes.

Lewerke said it felt like the offense was on the field a long time. Linebacker Joe Bachie said there was never a moment when the defense wasn't fresh.

Rutgers ran 31 plays on offense and Ash conceded the time of possession was ugly.

''That's a product of bad football. You know, that's what it is,'' Ash said. ''We couldn't get off the field on third down, and we couldn't get first downs on offense. I hate to put this that bluntly, but there's no other way to sugarcoat it. We didn't get off the field on third down. We were really bad on third down tonight on both sides of the ball.''

Lewerke (21 of 31 for 222 yards) hit Connor Heyward on a 7-yard touchdown pass on the opening series and ran 3 yards for another TD in the fourth quarter. He had 13 carries for 56 yards and finished the season with 3,069 total yards, breaking the school record for a sophomore, previously held by Connor Cook (2013).

Coghlin converted from 26, 26, 46 and 32 yards.

''Nobody wants to finish like that, but we just have to build off it and get better next year,'' Rutgers junior linebacker Deonte Roberts.

THE TAKEAWAY

Michigan State: Going 3-9 a year ago resulted in the Spartans missing a bowl game for the first time since 2006. There is a chance they could be picked to play in the Outback Bowl in Tampa, Florida on Jan. 1.

Rutgers: The Scarlet Knights certainly took a step forward this season, but they still were no competitive against the best teams in the Big Ten East. Against hio State, Penn State, Michigan and Michigan State, Rutgers was outscored 176-27.

UP NEXT

Michigan State: Will wait to next week to find out where it is headed.

Rutgers: Season over. Open next year at home against Texas State, which finished 2-10.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 3:09
4-M.Coghlin extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
40
7
Touchdown 3:09
28-M.London runs 3 yards for a touchdown.
11
plays
54
yds
06:39
pos
39
7
Point After TD 10:39
4-M.Coghlin extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
33
7
Touchdown 10:39
14-B.Lewerke runs 3 yards for a touchdown.
8
plays
48
yds
04:01
pos
32
7
Point After TD 15:00
4-M.Coghlin extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
26
7
Touchdown 15:00
24-G.Holmes runs 2 yards for a touchdown.
13
plays
69
yds
05:32
pos
25
7
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 7:34
4-M.Coghlin 32 yards Field Goal is Good.
11
plays
60
yds
05:15
pos
19
7
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 7:18
4-M.Coghlin 46 yards Field Goal is Good.
5
plays
22
yds
03:02
pos
16
7
Point After TD 14:05
97-A.Harte extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
13
7
Touchdown 14:05
11-J.Lewis complete to 25-R.Blackshear. 25-R.Blackshear runs 42 yards for a touchdown.
7
plays
68
yds
00:46
pos
13
6
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 1:00
4-M.Coghlin 26 yards Field Goal is Good.
15
plays
50
yds
07:08
pos
13
0
Field Goal 8:45
4-M.Coghlin 26 yards Field Goal is Good.
3
plays
0
yds
00:50
pos
10
0
Point After TD 9:49
4-M.Coghlin extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
0
Touchdown 9:49
14-B.Lewerke complete to 11-C.Heyward. 11-C.Heyward runs 7 yards for a touchdown.
10
plays
80
yds
05:11
pos
6
0
Team Stats
1st Downs 27 5
Rushing 11 1
Passing 15 2
Penalty 1 2
3rd Down Conv 13-21 0-6
4th Down Conv 1-1 0-0
Total Net Yards 424 102
Total Plays 89 31
Avg Gain 4.8 3.3
Net Yards Rushing 209 14
Rush Attempts 58 12
Avg Rush Yards 3.6 1.2
Net Yards Passing 215 88
Comp. - Att. 21-31 6-19
Yards Per Pass 6.9 4.6
Sacked - Yards Lost 2-7 2-10
Penalties - Yards 9-80 5-44
Touchdowns 4 1
Rushing TDs 3 0
Passing TDs 1 1
Other 0 0
Turnovers 0 3
Fumbles - Lost 0-0 1-1
Int. Thrown 0 2
Punts - Avg 1-52.0 6-42.2
Return Yards 49 122
Punts - Returns 1-21 0-0
Kickoffs - Returns 1-13 7-122
Int. - Returns 2-15 0-0
Kicking 8/8 1/1
Extra Points 4/4 1/1
Field Goals 4/4 0/0
Safeties 0 0
1234T
16 Michigan State 9-3 13332140
Rutgers 4-8 07007
215 PASS YDS 88
209 RUSH YDS 14
424 TOTAL YDS 102
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
B. Lewerke 14 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
67.7% 222 1 0 138.5
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
58.8% 2580 17 7 124.2
B. Lewerke 21/31 222 1 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
G. Holmes 24 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
10 59 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
73 285 1
G. Holmes 10 59 1 13
B. Lewerke 14 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
13 56 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
111 489 5
B. Lewerke 13 56 1 16
L. Scott 3 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
18 54 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
182 785 6
L. Scott 18 54 0 9
M. London 28 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
9 22 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
79 287 3
M. London 9 22 1 6
D. Terry 6 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 10 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
3 10 0
D. Terry 3 10 0 5
C. Heyward 11 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 7 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
3 10 0
C. Heyward 1 7 0 7
H. Rison 5 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 4 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
3 11 0
H. Rison 1 4 0 4
L. Nelson 13 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 2 0
L. Nelson 1 2 0 2
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
F. Davis III 18 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
6 72 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
51 658 8
F. Davis III 6 72 0 17
C. White 7 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 42 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
32 449 2
C. White 2 42 0 24
D. Stewart Jr. 25 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 36 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
48 486 2
D. Stewart Jr. 5 36 0 12
Ma. Sokol 81 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 22 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
20 210 1
Ma. Sokol 1 22 0 22
L. Scott 3 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 13 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
18 120 1
L. Scott 1 13 0 13
N. Davis 84 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 13 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 22 0
N. Davis 1 13 0 13
C. Chambers 21 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 12 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 66 0
C. Chambers 1 12 0 12
C. Heyward 11 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 7 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 13 1
C. Heyward 1 7 1 7
M. London 28 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 3 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
9 62 1
M. London 1 3 0 3
G. Holmes 24 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 2 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
8 80 1
G. Holmes 1 2 0 2
M. Dotson 89 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 19 0
M. Dotson 0 0 0 0
T. Jackson 86 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
12 143 0
T. Jackson 1 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
K. Willis 27 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 1 0.0
K. Willis 2-0 0.0 0
C. Frey 23 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
C. Frey 2-0 0.0 0
D. Cooper 98 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
D. Cooper 2-0 1.0 0
R. Williams 99 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
R. Williams 2-0 1.0 0
S. Jones 49 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
S. Jones 1-0 0.0 0
D. Dowell 6 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 5 0.0
D. Dowell 1-0 0.0 0
J. Panasiuk 96 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Panasiuk 1-0 0.0 0
K. Stallworth 51 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
K. Stallworth 1-0 0.0 0
J. Bachie 35 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 3 0.0
J. Bachie 1-1 0.0 1
N. Jones 93 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
N. Jones 1-0 0.0 0
J. Scott 22 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 2 0.0
J. Scott 1-0 0.0 1
A. Simmons 34 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
A. Simmons 1-1 0.0 0
A. Dowell 5 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
A. Dowell 0-1 0.0 0
G. Owens 41 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
G. Owens 0-1 0.0 0
K. Willekes 48 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
K. Willekes 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
M. Coghlin 4 K
IN-GAME FG XP
4/4 4/4
SEASON FG XP
15/19 32/32
M. Coghlin 4/4 46 4/4 16
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
J. Hartbarger 25 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
1 52.0 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
67 42.0 0
J. Hartbarger 1 52.0 0 52
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
S. Jones 49 LB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 13.0 13 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 13.0 13 0
S. Jones 1 13.0 13 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
C. White 7 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 21.0 21 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
7 3.1 21 0
C. White 1 21.0 21 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
J. Lewis 11 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
37.5% 98 1 2 84.6
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
36.8% 167 2 4 70.1
J. Lewis 6/16 98 1 2
G. Rescigno 17 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
0% 0 0 0 0.0
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
47% 517 2 1 95.0
G. Rescigno 0/3 0 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
G. Edwards 13 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 10 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
164 713 6
G. Edwards 4 10 0 5
J. Lewis 11 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
36 111 4
J. Lewis 4 2 0 6
J. Hicks 8 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
13 80 1
J. Hicks 1 2 0 2
R. Blackshear 25 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 0 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
39 238 3
R. Blackshear 1 0 0 0
R. Martin 7 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 0 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
99 434 3
R. Martin 2 0 0 1
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
R. Blackshear 25 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 50 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
7 133 2
R. Blackshear 2 50 1 42
D. Bailey 23 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 31 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
9 122 1
D. Bailey 1 31 0 31
J. Washington 88 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 9 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
28 282 1
J. Washington 1 9 0 9
M. Nash 12 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 8 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 29 0
M. Nash 1 8 0 8
R. Martin 7 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
8 56 0
R. Martin 0 0 0 0
A. Lucy 85 LS
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
A. Lucy 0 0 0 0
J. Hicks 8 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 68 0
J. Hicks 1 0 0 0
A. Mitchell 2 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
A. Mitchell 0 0 0 0
N. Provillon 80 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
N. Provillon 0 0 0 0
B. Melton 18 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 83 0
B. Melton 0 0 0 0
B. Austin 10 DB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
B. Austin 0 0 0 0
H. Hayek 82 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
8 62 0
H. Hayek 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
T. Morris 15 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
11-4 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
11-4 0 0.0
T. Morris 11-4 0.0 0
D. Roberts 6 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
11-7 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
11-7 0 0.0
D. Roberts 11-7 0.0 0
K. Turay 58 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-4 0 1.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-4 0 1.5
K. Turay 6-4 1.5 0
S. Joseph 51 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
S. Joseph 4-0 0.0 0
D. Hayes 22 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 1 0.0
D. Hayes 4-0 0.0 0
D. Davis 59 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
D. Davis 4-1 0.0 0
S. Hampton 9 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
S. Hampton 4-1 0.0 0
K. Gray 17 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 2 0.0
K. Gray 4-0 0.0 0
T. Fogg 8 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 1 0.0
T. Fogg 4-1 0.0 0
B. Russell 49 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-3 0 0.0
B. Russell 2-3 0.0 0
K. Hester 2 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 3 0.0
K. Hester 2-1 0.0 0
K. Wilkins 99 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-4 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-4 0 0.0
K. Wilkins 2-4 0.0 0
E. Lumor 7 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
E. Lumor 2-1 0.0 0
J. Turner 50 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.5
J. Turner 2-1 0.5 0
Z. Campbell 37 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
Z. Campbell 1-0 0.0 0
J. Harris 3 WR
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 3 0.0
J. Harris 1-0 0.0 0
I. Wharton 11 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
I. Wharton 1-1 0.0 0
R. Douglas 21 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-3 0 0.0
R. Douglas 1-3 0.0 0
J. Bateky 95 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
J. Bateky 1-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
A. Harte 97 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/0 1/1
SEASON FG XP
7/10 27/27
A. Harte 0/0 0 1/1 1
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
R. Anderson 96 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
6 42.2 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
79 44.4 1
R. Anderson 6 42.2 1 47
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
R. Blackshear 25 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
6 17.3 24 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
20 16.7 24 0
R. Blackshear 6 17.3 24 0
J. Harris 3 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 18.0 18 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 18.0 18 0
J. Harris 1 18.0 18 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 MICHST 25 5:11 10 75 TD
9:35 RUT 8 0:50 3 0 FG
8:08 RUT 48 7:08 15 40 FG
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:00 MICHST 30 2:45 7 13 Punt
10:20 RUT 50 3:02 5 22 FG
4:49 MICHST 18 4:05 12 44 Halftime
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:49 MICHST 31 5:15 11 55 FG
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
5:55 MICHST 40 5:32 13 60 TD
14:40 RUT 48 4:01 8 48 TD
9:48 MICHST 46 6:39 11 54 TD
1:39 MICHST 24 1:21 3 2 Game
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
9:42 RUT 10 0:00 1 -2 Fumble
8:35 RUT 22 0:14 3 0 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
0:50 RUT 27 0:46 7 73 TD
11:07 RUT 20 0:41 3 0 Punt
7:14 RUT 25 2:18 5 11 Punt
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 RUT 25 2:00 3 3 Punt
7:23 RUT 13 1:23 3 8 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:50 RUT 19 0:03 2 0 INT
10:32 RUT 23 0:36 3 23 INT
3:03 RUT 33 1:16 4 -3 Punt