September 9, 2012

Maxwell takes big step forward in road victory

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. - Andrew Maxwell fondly recalls the games he attended at Central Michigan University as a youngster growing up in nearby Midland.
Maxwell's background made Saturday's 41-7 road victory at Kelly-Shorts Stadium special one for 6-foot-3, 212-pound first-year Michigan State starter at quarterback.

"When you are a kid and you are five or six and you get to come to a place like this and see it up close and personal, that is something that really makes you fall in love with the game," Maxwell said. "To have that background and come back here and to be the starting quarterback on a team that gets to come in here and play. That was a special experience for me and something I really enjoyed."

Completing 20-of-31 pass attempts for 275 yards with a pair of touchdowns and no interceptions in a game where the Michigan State pass offense took a clear step forward was likely just as endearing for the junior quarterback.

Michigan State wide receivers impacted the passing game more against Central Michigan than they had in Week 1 against Boise State. Led by junior Bennie Fowler, who caught eight passes for 99 yards and a touchdown, Michigan State receivers accounted for all but six of Maxwell's completions against the Chippewas.

"I think we made lot of progress," said Fowler, who caught a 7-yard touchdown pass from Maxwell on the opening drive of the second half. "Maxwell hit all of the receivers today. Everybody got to touch the ball."

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