It was a slow start for Michigan State against Washington State in the 2017 Holiday Bowl on Thursday night at SDCCU Stadium in San Diego, California.
But the defense held, presenting the Spartans with just a 3-0 deficit heading into the second quarter.
That’s when the green and white offense pounced.
The Spartans reeled off 21 unanswered points on three straight drives to lead the Cougars 21-3 at halftime and they did it in a number of ways.
They first turned in a 16-play, nine-minute, 24-second drive capped by a 15-yard pass from a scrambling Brian Lewerke to Cody White in the back of the end zone on 3rd-and-9.
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On the very next drive, a much shorter four-play one, Lewerke found a wide-open Felton Davis down the middle of the field for a 63-yard score.
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The Lewerke-Davis connection heated up in the second quarter after a rough first frame and the receiver went into the break with three catches for 90 yards and the score.
Lewerke, meanwhile, was 10-of-15 for 163 yards and the two scores.
To finish the onslaught, LJ Scott scored from 3 yards out with 29 seconds to play in the half on a six-play drive. Scott has 11 carries for 50 yards so far, while Lewerke leads the team in rushing with eight carries for 59 yards.
The Cougars lone score came in the first quarter off an Erik Powell 45-yard field goal.
Here are the full halftime stats:
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