Spartans scrimmage ends on trick play

It's one thing for Notre Dame to get punk'd by Michigan State on a fake field-goal attempt.

But the Spartans' own players? Yep, it happened Thursday.

The players on Michigan State's field-goal block team had to be kicking themselves (pun intended) after the second jersey scrimmage. The offense beat the defense 61-55 when backup quarterback Andrew Maxwell found tight end Garrett Celek for a 35-yard touchdown on a fake field-goal attempt on the final play of the 123-play scrimmage.

Just substitute Aaron Bates for Maxwell and Charlie Gantt for Celek, and you'd have "Little Giants" against Notre Dame.

Was this the sequel?

Maxwell's strike to Celek capped a strong scrimmage for the sophomore. He completed 21 of 27 passes for 253 yards and two touchdowns, including a 48-yard strike to Chris D. Rucker.

Starting quarterback Kirk Cousins struggled, completing 14 of 23 passes for 140 yards with three interceptions. Cousins also had a rough time in the first spring scrimmage. While Captain Kirk has built up enough cred as a two-year starter and Spartans fans shouldn't be too worried, Cousins could use a better performance in next week's spring game.

Receivers B.J. Cunningham and Bennie Fowler both recorded five receptions Thursday.

Cornerback Johnny Adams and safety Trenton Robinson stood out for the defense as both men recorded five tackles and an interception.