The Big Ten's final spring game took place Saturday at Spartan Stadium, as the Green team surged to a 24-10 victory over the White team in Michigan State's spring game. Top quarterback Kirk Cousins had a big day, and there were impressive performances on both sides of the ball.
Let's take a closer look at the game.
Quotable: "Cousins was very sharp. A lot of the guys got involved in catching the ball, whether it was Keshawn [Martin], Bennie [Fowler], Chris D. Rucker or [Tony] Lippett on the long one. I saw everyone get involved. I think all three of our tight ends got involved, as well. From that standpoint, it was a good day. We had too many unforced penalties, but that is going to happen in a spring game." -- Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio
Cousins says he never plays well in scrimmages, but he stepped up Saturday, completing 22 of 29 pass attempts for 285 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. The senior's performance put any concerns to rest after he completed just 20 of 39 pass attempts for 190 yards with four interceptions and no touchdowns in Michigan State's first two scrimmages of the spring. Cousins spread the ball around on the Green team and led scoring drives of 67 and 72 yards.
Tony Lippett was a spring star for the Spartans, and the redshirt freshman didn't disappoint before an announced crowd of 35,000 on Saturday. Lippett hauled in a 57-yard reception from Cousins to set up the Green team's first touchdown. He also recorded three tackles and a pass breakup as a cornerback. "He's obviously a guy that can make plays, you saw him go deep and make a play for us," Dantonio said. "He has Keshawn Martin ability in terms of being able to make plays for us." Recently reinstated tight end Dion Sims also stood out for the Green team, recording four receptions for 63 yards and two touchdowns.
Several young defenders stood out for a team that will need young players to take on bigger roles this fall. Sophomore defensive end William Gholston had a sack, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery against backup quarterback Andrew Maxwell. Gholston had two quarterback hurries. Sophomore linebackers TyQuan Hammock (eight tackles) and Max Bullough (five tackles) both looked good in the game. Sophomore Isaiah Lewis looks like answer at the vacated starting safety spot, recording eight tackles.
Michigan State basketball player Draymond Green suited up and logged several plays as a receiver/tight end for the White team. Green was penalized for a false start but then drew a holding penalty on cornerback Johnny Adams. Dantonio made a deal with Green: if the hoopster went through a practice, he could play in the game. "He came out and went through the whole practice Thursday [in shorts]," Dantonio said. "It was great to see him out there, and then we got him in a couple plays. He just asked that he not be tackled." Green tweeted Saturday afternoon: "I'm going to stick to Basketball but it was definitely fun thanks to Coach D and his staff for the opportunity."