EAST LANSING, Mich. — Nothing about this game felt different to Felton Davis.
The Michigan State junior wide receiver entered the home contest against Iowa on Saturday with the same confidence he always does. So, when he was asked whether he felt a career day coming on, he answered just as you might expect.
“I think that every day,” Davis said.
It took all of two quarters for Davis to break his career-high mark of 6 catches. He finished with 9 grabs for 114 yards, more than twice as many receiving yards as any player on the field for either team. And it was his connection with quarterback Brian Lewerke that set the tone.
The two connected four times on Michigan State’s opening drive for 67 yards, with Davis giving Iowa cornerback Michael Ojemudia fits. On the 22-yard play that gave the Spartans the lead, Ojemudia was left diving hopelessly and unsuccessfully as Davis calmly glided in for the score.
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“He is a big dude, fast and can run,” Ojemudia said.
Don’t forget about his leaping ability either. Two drives later, Michigan State’s march down the field hit a snag when a jet sweep to tight end Matt Sokol was fumbled for a loss of 4 yards on the play. No matter. On the next play, Lewerke simply lofted the ball up in Davis’ direction and let him snatch it right over top of Ojemudia.
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Points against Iowa can be tough to come by. It took No. 4 Penn State three quarters to put up as many points on the Hawkeyes as Michigan State did in one. Davis made it look easy.
“I think no matter who we go up against, we’re not going to be shy about taking the defense,” Lewerke said. “We’re not going to be shy about going at a guy. I have trust in my receivers. I have trust in Felton that no matter who we go against, they’re going to make plays.”
That first quarter proved to be enough offense. Michigan State must’ve known it would have trouble running up the middle against Iowa’s standout linebackers, but 2.2 yards per carry? Yikes. If not for Davis getting loose early on, the game may have gone a completely different way.
The Michigan State defense took that production and ran with it, holding the Hawkeyes to 19 rushing yards on 25 carries as they struggled for every first down they got. They only got 11.
Davis already has 4 touchdowns on the season after notching only a single score over his first two seasons with the Spartans. He watched those who came before him, and he wants to leave that kind of legacy. Games like the on Saturday will help him get there.
“I know my first two years didn’t really go as how I wanted them to,” he said. “I learned from [Aaron Burbridge] and R.J. [Shelton], and I sat there with them and I watched them make plays. And I know I have the same ability that they have to make plays. I have confidence in myself.”
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