September 8, 2012

Dantonio saw growth from pass offense on road at CMU

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. - Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio was looking to see growth from his football team in several key areas between a first-week victory over Boise State and their first road game of the 2012 season at Central Michigan on Saturday.

Dantonio got what he wanted, as first-year starting quarterback Andrew Maxwell and his young corps of wide receivers produced on the field in a 41-7 victory on the road at Kelly-Shorts Stadium.

Maxwell completed 21 of 31 pass attempts for 275 yards and a pair of touchdowns with no interceptions.

"We went into the game saying we had to get our wideouts and Maxwell going a little bit more than we did last week early," Dantonio said. "I thought we did that."

The former Midland star was at his best in the two-minute drill before the half. Maxwell guided the Spartan offense on a nine-play 73-yard scoring. Maxwell found four different receivers on the scoring drive including junior tight end Dion Sims, who found the end zone on a 20-yard pass play.

"I think it was good confidence booster for him that things went well for him out there in that drive," said Dantonio. "When things go well you continue to build more confidence. He will have another opportunity next week to play against a good football team in a nationally televised game. That will be another opportunity for him to grow, I think."

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