GAMEDAY College Football

Michigan State 38, Miami 17

(AP Photo/Michael Reaves)

By TIM REYNOLDS
AP Sports Writer

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. - Payton Thorne passed for 261 yards and four touchdowns, two of those scoring throws going to Jalen Nailor, and Michigan State extended its unbeaten start by topping No. 24 Miami 38-17.

Kenneth Walker III rushed for 172 yards and caught a touchdown pass for the Spartans (3-0), who are off to their best start since 2015.

Jayden Reed also had a scoring catch and a touchdown run for Michigan State, which forced Miami quarterback D'Eriq King into four turnovers.

King was 38 of 59 passing - both of them Miami school records - for 388 yards, with two touchdowns and two interceptions.

Charleston Rambo tied a school record with 12 catches for Miami, good for 156 yards and both of the Hurricanes' touchdowns. Andres Borregales kicked a 55-yard field goal - matching the fourth-longest in school history - for the Hurricanes midway through the fourth, getting them within a touchdown.

Thorne didn't need long to end their hopes, coming up big with his legs as well on what became the game-sealing drive.

He got 22 yards up the middle on third-and-6 and then fell forward barely far enough - maybe by a chain link, two at the most - on fourth-and-1 with 4:25 left to extend the series.

The effort was worthwhile and one play later, Thorne had Miami fans leaving for the exits in droves. He found a wide-open Nailor for an easy 39-yard score that made it 31-17 and ensured Michigan State would finally beat the Hurricanes for the first time in five tries.

The Hurricanes were outgained 193-52 in rushing and were minus-4 in the turnover battle.

After expressing frustration all week over not getting red-zone touchdowns - the Hurricanes turned eight such trips into only two TDs in the first two games - Miami left the offense on the field and King hit a wide-open Rambo in the back of the end zone for a 7-3 lead.

Walker caught a 7-yard pass from Thorne with 2:56 left in the half to put Michigan State back on top, 10-7. The Spartans wouldn't trail again.


Scoring Summary
Second Quarter MSUMia-Fl
MSU FG 13:58 Matt Coghlin 23 yard field goal 3 0
Mia-Fl TD 10:08 Charleston Rambo 3 yard TD pass from D'Eriq King (Andres Borregales Extra Point) 3 7
MSU TD 2:56 Kenneth Walker III 7 yard TD pass from Payton Thorne (Matt Coghlin Extra Point) 10 7
Third Quarter MSUMia-Fl
MSU TD 6:08 Jalen Nailor 11 yard TD pass from Payton Thorne (Matt Coghlin Extra Point) 17 7
Mia-Fl TD 3:53 Charleston Rambo 14 yard TD pass from D'Eriq King (Andres Borregales Extra Point) 17 14
Fourth Quarter MSUMia-Fl
MSU TD 13:10 Jayden Reed 10 yard TD pass from Payton Thorne (Matt Coghlin Extra Point) 24 14
Mia-Fl FG 8:11 Andres Borregales 55 yard field goal 24 17
MSU TD 4:12 Jalen Nailor 39 yard TD pass from Payton Thorne (Matt Coghlin Extra Point) 31 17
MSU TD 2:32 Jayden Reed 8 yard TD run (Matt Coghlin Extra Point) 38 17
Team Stats
  Michigan State Miami (FL)
First downs 23 31
  Rushing 13 6
  Passing 8 19
  Penalty 2 6
3rd Down Efficiency 7-15, 47% 6-17, 35%
4th down efficiency 1-1, 100% 3-4, 75%
Rushes-Yards 41-193 24-52
Passing Yards 261 388
Return Yards 20 12
Completions-Attempts-Int 18-31-0 38-60-2
Sacks-Yards Lost 3-26 3-23
Punts 5 3
Fumbles Lost 0-0 2-2
Penalties - Yards 9-79 10-88
Michigan State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
P. Thorne 18 31 261 4 0
Miami (FL) Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
D. King 38 59 388 2 2
Michigan State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
K. Walker III 27 172 6.4 0
J. Reed 2 17 8.5 1
P. Thorne 8 4 0.5 0
T. Mosley 1 2 2.0 0
J. Simmons 2 1 0.5 0
J. Nailor 1 -3 -3.0 0
Miami (FL) Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
C. Harris 11 44 4.0 0
D. King 12 7 0.6 0
M. Harley 1 1 1.0 0
Michigan State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Nailor 4 82 20.5 2
T. Mosley 2 57 28.5 0
C. Heyward 3 49 16.3 0
J. Reed 3 32 10.7 1
T. Hunt 2 20 10.0 0
K. Walker III 3 17 5.7 1
T. Lockett Jr. 1 4 4.0 0
Miami (FL) Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
C. Rambo 12 156 13.0 2
M. Harley 4 51 12.8 0
K. Smith 4 50 12.5 0
W. Mallory 3 36 12.0 0
R. Brinson 3 33 11.0 0
D. Wiggins 3 26 8.7 0
C. Harris 7 22 3.1 0
X. Restrepo 1 7 7.0 0
E. Arroyo 1 7 7.0 0
Michigan State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
A. Grose 1 0
R. Williams 1 0
Miami (FL) Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Michigan State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
B. Baringer 5 273 54.6
Miami (FL) Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
L. Hedley 3 147 49.0
Michigan State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Miami (FL) Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
M. Harley 1 11 11.0
T. Stevenson 1 1 1.0
Michigan State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Reed 1 20 20.0
Miami (FL) Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Michigan State Missed FG
Player Length
M. Coghlin 39
Miami (FL) Missed FG
Player Length
A. Borregales 27




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