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Wyoming Cowboys get taught a lesson in East Lansing

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As much as the Cowboys admire and aspire to portray Michigan State's style of football, it was made clear on Saturday that it doesn't happen over night.

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Wyoming had much more than they could handle, acting as the final out-of-conference "tune-up" game for Michigan State and getting blown out 56-14.  Playing their second top ten ranked team in nearly as many weeks, the Cowboys consistently and repeatedly were run over by the bigger, more athletic Spartans.

Michigan State set the tone on the first play of the game when their senior running back Jeremy Langford took the hand-off from Connor Cook and traveled 36 yards.  From there, it simply got worse.  When the dust began to settle (it hasn't completely settled yet), Wyoming had committed three costly turnovers, given up 533 total yards, and heads into a much needed bye week to sort out their own house.

Wyoming again showed signs of life in the first quarter against a heavy favorite, scoring on a 57 yard touchdown run directly up the middle by Shaun Wick, against a Michigan State front seven that is not accustomed to giving up those kinds of plays.  However, that one play wasn't enough to offset Michigan State's six consecutive scoring drives before half-time.

Michigan State (3-1) gears up for Big Ten play next weekend against a visiting and undefeated Nebraska squad. Wyoming (3-2) has a much needed bye week, which it heads into as the No. 1 team in the MWC Mountain Division after Air Force's defeat of Boise State Saturday night in Colorado Springs.