September 29, 2012; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans linebacker Max Bullough (40) and linebacker Taiwan Jones (34) and linebacker Denicos Allen (28) waits on sideline for officials to confirm fumble recovery during the second half of a game at Spartan Stadium against the Ohio State Buckeyes. Ohio State won 17-16 Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan State Football: Defense wins first fall scrimmage, 28-22


The Michigan State Spartans held their first fall scrimmage on Saturday morning at Spartan Stadium with Head coach Mark Dantonio utilizing a “situational” scrimmage with a modified scoring system to evaluate his players.

The defense won the 143 play scrimmage, 28-22 with juniors Marcus Rush (DE) and Taiwan Jones (LB) leading the charge. Rush recorded six solo tackles and two sacks for 11 yards. Jones had a 6-yard sack, a 14-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown, six total tackles with four solo tackles, two assists, and two for loss (8 yards).

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Statistical position breakdown:

Quarterbacks: Senior Andrew Maxwell led the four quarterbacks with 13-of-21 for 171 yards and a 19-yard touchdown. Sophomore Connor Cook went 13-for-18 for 133 yards. Red-shirt freshman Tyler O’Connor 7-for-9 for 74 yards and two touchdowns (12 and 17 yards) to senior receiver Bennie Fowler. Damion Terry completed 4-for-7 for 101 yards, and a 67-yard touchdown to Matt Macksood.

Running Backs: Starting tailback Riley Bullough did not play due to an apparent shoulder injury. Gerald Holmes 7-55 yards, Jeremy Langford 8-31 yards (1 TD), Nick Hill 10-24 yards (1 TD).

Wide Receivers: Bennie Fowler 5-65 yards (2 TDs), Andre Sims Jr. 5-60 yards, Aaron Burbridge 4-24 yards, Macgarrett Kings Jr. 3-29 yards (1 TD), and Matt Macksood 2-81 yards (1 TD).

Defensive Line: Junior defensive end Marcus Rush recorded six solo tackles and two sacks for 11 yards.

Linebackers: Junior Taiwan Jones had a 6-yard sack, a 14-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown, six total tackles with four solo tackles, two assists, and two for loss (8 yards). Sophomore Darien Harris four solo tackles and two assists, and Senior Jairus Jones one solo tackle and four assists.

Secondary: Red-shirt freshmen Demetrious Cox three solo tackles and two assists, Senior Darqueze Dennard two solo tackles and two assists, and Junior Kurtis Drummond added four solo tackles and one assist.

Special Teams: Freshman Michael Geiger went 7-for-8 in field goal attempts, two 48-yarders, while Red-shirt freshman Kevin Cronin 2-for-3 connecting on a 47-yarder.

Dantonio Quotes:

Delton Williams played pretty well. Gerald Holmes has to hit the hole a little quicker, but these freshmen have to grow up fast out here. I thought Jeremy Langford and Nick Hill did some good things as well.

Bennie Fowler caught the ball pretty well and made some nice runs after the catch. He also showed leadership out there in the huddle. I liked the way he was talking to the guys.

Without watching the video, you’ve got to look at Michael Geiger as the bright spot of the scrimmage. He hit a 50-yarder (officially two 48-yarders). Michael had one bounce off the upright but other than that he was perfect, and they weren’t chip shots. Right now, he’s in the lead for that position.

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