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After heading North, Callaway’s opener goes South

The Associated Press

Jehuu Caulcrick ran for 93 yards and a career-high four touchdowns Saturday as Michigan State rolled past UAB 55-18, giving Mark Dantonio a win in his debut as Spartan coach.

The lopsided score ruined the debut of new UAB coach Neil Callaway, a former assistant at Auburn, Alabama and Georgia.

Michigan State (1-0) and Dantonio, a former Cincinnati head coach, wasted no time unveiling an offense that is more run-oriented and physical than the system used under former coach John L. Smith. The Spartans rolled up more than 500 yards of offense.

The first play from scrimmage was a pass to Andrew Hawken — a fullback, a position that didn’t exist in Michigan State’s previous system.

TheSpartans then used five straight running plays to highlight a 65-yard scoring drive, capped by Caulcrick’s 1-yard touchdown plunge, to take a 7-0 lead over the Blazers (0-1).

Caulcrick scored three more TDs in the first half on runs of 5, 42 and 5 yards as Michigan State built a 42-0 lead. It was 45-3 at halftime after teams traded field goals.

Caulcrick’s four rushing TDs were tied for second-most in school history in one game. Blake Ezor had six rushing TDs against Northwestern in 1989.

Michigan State’s defense, among the nation’s worst the past few seasons, had little trouble with a UAB offense struggling with an inexperienced line.

Blazer quarterback Sam Hunt completed 21 of 39 passes for 214 yards, including a fourth-quarter TD pass to Joseph Webb and an interception.

UAB had only 67 scholarship players on Saturday, 18 under the NCAA limit.

Huntingdon 26, McMurry 13: Zach Golson passed for 173 yards and a touchdown to help lead Huntingdon to a victory over McMurry in the season opener for both teams.

The Hawks (1-0) put together a ground attack that produced two touchdowns and 110 yards on 40 carries with Adam Brummett adding 32- and 34-yard field goals in the second quarter.

McMurry (0-1) committed 10 penalties in the first half for 101 yards and turned the ball over twice before going into halftime down 19-7. They drove to Huntingdon’s 2-yard line with just 1:01 left in the third quarter trailing 26-7, but the team was unable to convert of fourth down.

McMurry also failed to score when Rashon Lewis threw an interception at the end of the second quarter when his pass was intercepted in the endzone.

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