Mikel Leshoure ran for 83 yards on 23 carries in a losing effort, as Michigan State moved to 7-0 with a 26-6 victory over Illinois.
Nathan Scheelhaase threw three interceptions for the Illini (3-3, 1-2), who led the Spartans 6-3 at halftime. But in a scene that is becoming disturbingly familiar, Michigan State made all the right adjustments at halftime, and Illinois had no answer.
After a tying field goal, Kirk Cousins found a wide open B.J. Cunningham for a 48 yard touchdown. The Illini offense had no response, punting and committing turnovers. Michigan State extended the lead to 19-6, and one last gasp for Illinois ended with another interception in Spartan territory.
Perhaps the worst thing to happen in East Lansing was a very late injury to Scheelhaase. The redshirt freshman’s head slammed into the turf while being tackled, and was replaced by Miles Osei.
Next week, Michigan State travels to Northwestern to face the 5-1 Wildcats. Illinois will be back home to host 4-2 Indiana.