October 3, 2010

Momentum changer

EAST LANSING - Michigan State junior Keshawn Martin is one of the most dangerous return men in country. But until Saturday's Big Ten opener, the 5-foot-11, 185-pound wide receiver from Westland John Glenn had yet to return a punt for a touchdown.

Martin's 74-yard punt return for a touchdown with 8:11 remaining in the second quarter was a game-changer for the Spartans, who needed the boost after turning the ball over twice and settling for a pair of field goals instead of touchdowns during their first four possessions.

"For us to give up a big hit in the return game," began Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema, "obviously the touchdown, but also the kick-off return that was bottled up and it bounced back outside, those were two huge momentum changers, something that we weren't just good enough to overcome."

The Spartans trailed 10-6 before Martin jumpstarted Michigan State with the biggest punt return of his collegiate career.

"As soon as I caught it, I saw the whole middle open," said Martin. "I credit that to the gunners because they did a great job of watching them outside. Then after that I just took it from there and showed off my speed a little bit."

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