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Lewerke, Spartans roll past Cougars 42-17 in Holiday Bowl

SAN DIEGO (AP) Michigan State put a nice, big exclamation mark on its turnaround season.

Brian Lewerke threw for 213 yards and three touchdowns, and LJ Scott ran for 110 yards and two scores for No. 18 Michigan State, which took advantage of Luke Falk's absence to rout No. 21 Washington State 42-17 in the Holiday Bowl on Thursday night.

Lewerke also rushed for 73 yards for Michigan State (10-3), which rebounded from a dismal 3-9 record last year to reach double digits in wins for the eighth time in program history.

''We were ready to play. We were fresh,'' said Mark Dantonio, who earned his 100th victory in 11 seasons as Spartans coach. ''It wasn't good enough to win nine games. We needed to win 10. We needed to have a great bowl game. This was a national stage. Holiday Bowl is an outstanding bowl. It's catapulted us up the rankings at least a little bit further.

''We reaffirmed our stature a little bit in college football. This has been a good football team and should continue to be a good football team.''

Falk, who was photographed earlier in the week with a cast on his left wrist, went through warmups but came out in street clothes at game time. He was replaced by redshirt sophomore Tyler Hilinksi, who made his first start and eighth appearance of the season. It's unclear precisely when Falk injured the wrist on his non-throwing hand, but he had issues with it throughout the season.

Coach Mike Leach refused to give specifics during the week and was condescending afterward when asked about Falk's injury.

''Luke is doing exactly what we want Luke to do and Luke has had a fine career here and also done a great deal for this program, probably more than most people will ever realize,'' Leach said. ''Tyler was the ideal guy to start with our lineup today.''

Pressed on Falk's injury, Leach said: ''You will remain unclear on it. Next question.''

Hilinski led WSU (9-4) to a 45-yard field goal by Erik Powell on the Cougars' second drive, but the Cougars were overpowered by the Spartans.

Lewerke threw the first of two TD passes to Cody White, a 7-yarder midway through the second quarter, when he was flushed to the left but found the receiver in the back of the end zone.

On MSU's next possession, Lewerke took the snap and glanced at his running back, which froze the secondary and allowed Felton Davis III to get wide open for a 49-yard scoring pass.

''The quick answer is our eyes weren't in the right place,'' Leach said. ''But the answer is we didn't do our job. I did think we unraveled a little bit after that play.''

Scott scored on a 3-yard run to give the Spartans a 21-3 halftime time.

Early in the third, Lewerke rolled left and had his pass tipped, but a sliding White caught it for a 7-yard touchdown.

Lewerke, who finished 13 of 21, was hit hard on a keeper in the third quarter and came out for a few plays. His backup, Damion Terry, scored on a 6-yard keeper to make it 35-3.

The Cougars closed the gap when Hilinski threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Tay Martin late in the third quarter and a 15-yarder to Tay in the fourth quarter.

Scott scored on a 28-yard burst up the middle with about six minutes left to play.

Hilinski was 39 of 50 for 272 yards and two touchdowns, with one interception.

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Lewerke said he was ''very careful'' on his long throw to Davis. ''I saw how wide open he was and I tried to throw it right at him and make sure.''

THE TAKEAWAY

Washington State: It was the second straight lackluster Holiday Bowl for Leach's Cougars, who lost 17-12 to Minnesota last year. Besides being without Falk, leading receiver Tavares Martin Jr. was kicked off the team after the regular season and third-leading receiver Isaiah Johnson-Mack left the squad. The Cougars, who started 6-0, were routed in their final two games, including a 41-14 loss to rival Washington.

Michigan State: Scott had his third 100-yard game of the season and ninth of his career. Felton had four catches for 118 yards.

UP NEXT

Washington State: Falk will move on to the NFL Draft while Hilinski will take over the Air Raid offense. It was Hilinski who led the Cougars to a comeback victory against Boise State in triple overtime on Sept. 9 after Falk was knocked out of the game.

Michigan State: The young Spartans appear to be in good hands with Lewerke, who was just a redshirt sophomore this season. ''We can build off the momentum this game brings us,'' he said. ''We've got a lot of young guys, still a lot of work to be done, a lot of potential to be reached. It's very big for us.''

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 6:14
4-M.Coghlin extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
17
42
Touchdown 6:14
3-L.Scott runs 28 yards for a touchdown.
4
plays
46
yds
02:11
pos
17
41
Point After TD 8:26
46-E.Powell extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
17
35
Touchdown 8:26
3-T.Hilinski complete to 1-D.Martin. 1-D.Martin runs 15 yards for a touchdown.
10
plays
82
yds
02:57
pos
16
35
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 2:06
46-E.Powell extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
10
35
Touchdown 2:06
3-T.Hilinski complete to 1-D.Martin. 1-D.Martin runs 14 yards for a touchdown.
9
plays
95
yds
02:57
pos
9
35
Point After TD 5:08
4-M.Coghlin extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
3
35
Touchdown 5:08
6-D.Terry runs 6 yards for a touchdown.
8
plays
32
yds
03:47
pos
3
34
Point After TD 10:28
4-M.Coghlin extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
3
28
Touchdown 10:28
14-B.Lewerke complete to 7-C.White. 7-C.White runs 10 yards for a touchdown.
10
plays
67
yds
04:26
pos
3
27
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:29
4-M.Coghlin extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
3
21
Touchdown 0:29
3-L.Scott runs 3 yards for a touchdown.
7
plays
73
yds
02:43
pos
3
20
Point After TD 4:34
4-M.Coghlin extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
3
14
Touchdown 4:34
14-B.Lewerke complete to 18-F.Davis. 18-F.Davis runs 49 yards for a touchdown.
4
plays
63
yds
02:03
pos
3
13
Point After TD 7:34
4-M.Coghlin extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
3
7
Touchdown 7:34
14-B.Lewerke complete to 7-C.White. 7-C.White runs 15 yards for a touchdown.
18
plays
91
yds
01:47
pos
3
6
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 5:50
46-E.Powell 45 yards Field Goal is Good.
13
plays
64
yds
06:00
pos
3
0
Team Stats
1st Downs 17 25
Rushing 2 15
Passing 13 9
Penalty 2 1
3rd Down Conv 5-11 10-15
4th Down Conv 1-1 1-2
Total Net Yards 296 435
Total Plays 58 70
Avg Gain 5.1 6.2
Net Yards Rushing 24 227
Rush Attempts 8 48
Avg Rush Yards 3.0 4.7
Net Yards Passing 272 208
Comp. - Att. 39-50 13-22
Yards Per Pass 5.4 9.5
Sacked - Yards Lost 0-0 1-5
Penalties - Yards 4-46 6-50
Touchdowns 2 6
Rushing TDs 0 3
Passing TDs 2 3
Other 0 0
Turnovers 2 2
Fumbles - Lost 1-1 1-1
Int. Thrown 1 1
Punts - Avg 4-37.8 2-40.5
Return Yards 108 57
Punts - Returns 0-0 0-0
Kickoffs - Returns 6-95 2-57
Int. - Returns 1-13 1-0
Kicking 3/3 6/6
Extra Points 2/2 6/6
Field Goals 1/1 0/0
Safeties 0 0
1234T
18 Washington St. 9-4 307717
16 Michigan St. 10-3 02114742
272 PASS YDS 208
24 RUSH YDS 227
296 TOTAL YDS 435
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
T. Hilinski 3 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
78% 272 2 1 132.9
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
72.6% 1176 7 7 132.9
T. Hilinski 39/50 272 2 1
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
J. Williams 32 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 14 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
92 395 1
J. Williams 3 14 0 6
T. Hilinski 3 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 10 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
16 -51 2
T. Hilinski 5 10 0 7
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
J. Williams 32 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
10 65 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
71 482 3
J. Williams 10 65 0 18
K. Sweet 17 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
8 52 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
58 533 2
K. Sweet 8 52 0 11
D. Martin 1 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
7 51 2
SEASON REC YDS TD
31 366 6
D. Martin 7 51 2 15
D. Patmon 12 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 38 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
35 379 0
D. Patmon 4 38 0 17
J. Morrow 25 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 27 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
60 506 5
J. Morrow 4 27 0 13
J. Calvin 6 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 19 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
33 300 3
J. Calvin 1 19 0 19
R. Bell 81 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 13 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
40 538 3
R. Bell 4 13 0 9
B. Arconado 19 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 7 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 73 1
B. Arconado 1 7 0 7
Defense T-A SACK INT
I. Dotson 31 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
9-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-1 0 0.0
I. Dotson 9-1 0.0 0
R. Taylor 2 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-1 3 0.0
R. Taylor 7-1 0.0 0
N. Oguayo 30 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
N. Oguayo 5-0 0.0 0
J. Rogers 37 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
J. Rogers 4-1 0.0 0
F. Luvu 51 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 2 0.0
F. Luvu 3-0 0.0 1
J. Thompson 34 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 4 0.0
J. Thompson 3-1 0.0 0
N. Begg 89 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
N. Begg 2-0 0.0 0
D. Ekuale 90 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
D. Ekuale 2-0 0.0 0
H. Dale 26 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 1 0.0
H. Dale 2-0 0.0 0
M. Pippins 21 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
M. Pippins 2-0 0.0 0
S. Harper Jr. 27 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 1 0.0
S. Harper Jr. 2-0 0.0 0
M. Strong 4 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-2 1 0.0
M. Strong 2-2 0.0 0
J. Woods 13 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 1 0.0
J. Woods 2-0 0.0 0
G. McBroom 99 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
G. McBroom 1-0 0.0 0
L. Tago 45 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
L. Tago 1-1 0.0 0
H. Mata'afa 50 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 1.0
H. Mata'afa 1-1 1.0 0
K. Parker 10 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
K. Parker 1-0 0.0 0
W. Rodgers 92 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
W. Rodgers 1-0 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
E. Powell 46 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 2/2
SEASON FG XP
20/24 46/47
E. Powell 1/1 45 2/2 5
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
E. Powell 46 K
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
3 38.3 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
22 42.0 1
E. Powell 3 38.3 1 42
K. Sweet 17 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
1 36.0 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
33 38.4 0
K. Sweet 1 36.0 0 36
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
J. Williams 32 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
4 18.0 22 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
5 17.4 22 0
J. Williams 4 18.0 22 0
R. Bell 81 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 11.5 12 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
11 17.5 12 0
R. Bell 2 11.5 12 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
J. Morrow 25 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 -4.0 -4 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
20 3.3 0 0
J. Morrow 1 -4.0 -4 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
B. Lewerke 14 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
61.9% 213 3 0 194.2
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
59% 2793 20 7 127.7
B. Lewerke 13/21 213 3 0
D. Terry 6 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
0% 0 0 1 -200.0
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
0% 0 0 1 -50.0
D. Terry 0/1 0 0 1
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
L. Scott 3 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
18 110 2
SEASON ATT YDS TD
201 898 8
L. Scott 18 110 2 28
B. Lewerke 14 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
14 73 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
124 559 5
B. Lewerke 14 73 0 19
D. Terry 6 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 21 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
7 31 1
D. Terry 4 21 1 12
M. London 28 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 17 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
83 304 3
M. London 4 17 0 10
C. White 7 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 9 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
4 19 0
C. White 1 9 0 9
G. Holmes 24 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
79 287 1
G. Holmes 6 2 0 1
T. Jackson 86 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 -5 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 -5 0
T. Jackson 1 -5 0 -5
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
F. Davis III 18 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 118 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
55 776 9
F. Davis III 4 118 1 49
C. White 7 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 41 2
SEASON REC YDS TD
35 490 4
C. White 3 41 2 16
L. Scott 3 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 26 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
20 146 1
L. Scott 2 26 0 16
D. Stewart Jr. 25 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 15 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
50 501 2
D. Stewart Jr. 2 15 0 12
Ma. Sokol 81 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 12 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
21 222 1
Ma. Sokol 1 12 0 12
H. Rison 5 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 1 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
19 224 0
H. Rison 1 1 0 1
M. London 28 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
9 62 1
M. London 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
J. Bachie 35 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-0 3 0.0
J. Bachie 6-0 0.0 0
C. Frey 23 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
C. Frey 4-2 0.0 0
K. Willekes 48 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
K. Willekes 4-0 0.0 0
D. Dowell 6 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 5 0.0
D. Dowell 4-0 0.0 0
J. Layne 2 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 1 0.0
J. Layne 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
A. Dowell 5 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
A. Dowell 3-0 0.0 0
D. Cooper 98 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
D. Cooper 3-1 0.0 0
M. Morrissey 10 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
M. Morrissey 3-1 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
G. Owens 41 DT
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
S. Harrington 50 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
S. Harrington 1-1 0.0 0
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
R. Williams 99 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
R. Williams 1-1 0.0 0
T. Person 24 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
T. Person 1-0 0.0 0
M. Panasiuk 72 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
M. Panasiuk 0-1 0.0 0
K. Willis 27 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 2 0.0
K. Willis 0-0 0.0 1
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
M. Coghlin 4 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/0 6/6
SEASON FG XP
15/19 38/38
M. Coghlin 0/0 0 6/6 6
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
J. Hartbarger 25 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
2 40.5 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
69 42.0 1
J. Hartbarger 2 40.5 1 52
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
C. Heyward 11 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 28.5 33 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
20 21.8 33 0
C. Heyward 2 28.5 33 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:55 WASHST 15 1:08 3 9 Punt
11:50 WASHST 8 6:00 13 64 FG
3:27 WASHST 37 1:20 3 2 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
7:34 WASHST 25 0:51 3 3 Punt
4:29 WASHST 25 1:11 3 7 Punt
0:21 WASHST 22 0:17 2 17 Halftime
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:23 WASHST 15 1:25 4 12 Fumble
5:03 WASHST 20 2:57 9 80 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:23 WASHST 33 2:57 10 67 TD
6:07 WASHST 15 2:54 7 4 INT
0:54 WASHST 31 0:40 4 20
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:39 MICHST 38 1:38 4 21 Fumble
5:45 MICHST 25 2:15 8 38 Downs
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
1:58 MICHST 19 1:47 18 81 TD
6:37 MICHST 37 2:03 4 63 TD
3:12 MICHST 32 2:43 7 68 TD
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:54 MICHST 33 4:26 10 67 TD
8:55 WASHST 27 3:47 8 27 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
2:00 MICHST 42 1:19 9 27 INT
8:25 WASHST 46 2:11 4 46 TD
3:05 MICHST 19 2:00 4 -2 Punt