SAN DIEGO – The key players in Michigan State’s 42-17 win over Washington State at SDCCU Stadium in San Diego on Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017.
Brian Lewerke, Michigan State QB
After a season of ups and downs, the sophomore got off to a slow start Thursday. However, Lewerke found his rhythm in a game-turning second quarter in which he completed 10 of 11 passes for 163 yards to give MSU a 21-3 halftime lead. Lewerke finished 13-for-21 for 213 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran for 73.
LJ Scott, Michigan State RB
Like Lewerke, the junior running back struggled in the second quarter, but was a constant threat to bust a long run. He kept the WSU defense honest in the first quarter - spreading the field for the passing game - and still finished with a game-high 110 yards. None of his 18 carries went for negative yardage, and he found the end zone twice, including a 3-yard run just before halftime to put the Spartans up 21-3.
Felton Davis, Michigan State WR
The 6-foot-4 junior made WSU’s secondary pay dearly with three big plays in the first half. The biggest came midway through the first half, as Davis took advantage of a blown assignment to score on a 49-yard pass from Lewerke ot put MSU ahead 14-3. Davis added a 27-yard reception to jump-start another touchdown drive and finished with a game-high 118 yards on just four catches.