EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Jamaal Williams ran for 163 yards and two touchdowns, and Brigham Young beat Michigan State 31-14 on Saturday, sending the Spartans to their third straight loss.
Taysom Hill ran for a touchdown and threw for another in the second half, and the Cougars (3-3) largely shut down the Spartans (2-3) after Michigan State scored a touchdown on its first drive. BYU trailed 7-3 at halftime but scored touchdowns on all four of its second-half possessions — not including its final drive, which consisted only of kneel-downs.
Hill’s 4-yard touchdown pass to Colby Pearson put the Cougars ahead, and he then added a 12-yard scoring run early in the fourth quarter.
Michigan State has lost three in a row for the first time since early in the 2009 season. The Spartans pulled starting quarterback Tyler O’Connor in the fourth quarter and replaced him with Damion Terry. Michigan State began to move the ball on Terry’s first drive, but an interception by Michael Davis ended that possession.
Williams, who rushed for 286 yards in a win over Toledo the previous week, added an 8-yard touchdown run to make it 24-7. After Terry scored on a 1-yard sneak, Williams broke free for a 62-yard run on BYU’s ensuing drive. His 1-yard TD run made it 31-14.
BYU had 78 offensive plays to Michigan State’s 53.