Holiday Bowl: Michigan State Takes Full Advantage of Luke Falk’s absence and Routs Washington State 42-17

The Pac-12’s All-time Leading Passer was Out with an Injury to his Left Wrist

Michigan State, ranked 18th in the Nation took full advantage of an injury that sidelined Washington State quarterback Luke Falk. The Spartans showed no mercy and quickly defeated the leaderless Cougars 42-17 in the Holiday Bowl on Thursday night.

Washington State, ranked 21st, took the 3-0 lead in the first quarter with a 45 yard field goal by Erik Powell. That would be the only time the Cougars would lead. Michigan State answered with a 21 point second quarter and would lead 21-3 at the half.

The second half was no better for the Cougars. The Spartans outscored Washington State 21-14 and cruised to the 42-17 victory.

Spartan quarterback Brian Lewerke threw for 213 yards and three touchdowns, two to Cody White and another to Damion Terry. LJ Scott shined on the ground, running for 110 yards and two touchdowns. Lewerke also ran for 73 yards for Michigan State.

Redshirt sophomore Tyler Hilinksi, made his first start of the season for Washington State. He completed 39 of 50 passes for 272 yards and 2 TDs. Both touchdowns were caught by Davontavean Martin.

We needed to have a great bowl game” said Michigan State Coach Mark Dantonio.

“This was a national stage. The Holiday Bowl is an outstanding bowl. It’s catapulted us up the rankings at least a little bit further”.

It was a extra sweet victory for Dantonio. This Holiday Bowl win was his 100th victory in 11 seasons as the Spartans’ coach.

Photos by Scott Padgett