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    Michigan State’s Walker has 4-TD debut in 38-21 win at Northwestern


    Michigan State is looking to get off to a hot start in the program’s second year under head coach Mel Tucker. Follow along here for live updates in the Spartan opener vs. Northwestern.

    Michigan State running back Kenneth Walker III, left, celebrates with running back Elijah Collins after scoring a touchdown against Northwestern during the first half.

    Game recap

    Kenneth Walker.

    Learn the name, know it well. You’ll be hearing a lot of it, and you’ll be seeing it on the back of a jersey that’s streaking for the end zone on Saturdays in East Lansing this season.

    Just ask Northwestern, who saw Walker score four touchdowns and rush for 264 yards on 23 carries in his Michigan State debut as the Spartans rolled to a 38-21 victory in Evanston.

    Final leaders

    Passing

    MSU — Payton Thorne: 15/26, 185 yds., TD

    NW — Hunter Johnson: 30/43, 283 yds., 3 TD

    Rushing

    MSU — Kenneth Walker III: 23 atts., 264 yds., 4 TD

    NW — Evan Hull: 9 atts., 87 yds.

    Receiving

    MSU — Jayden Reed: 5 recs., 64 yds.

    NW — Bryce Kirtz: 7 recs., 80 yds.

    Walker’s fourth TD puts Michigan State up big

    Michigan State recovers the onside kick from Northwestern and will take over, up 10, at its own 48 with 2:26 to go.

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