EAST LANSING, Michigan (Ticker) -- Jeff Smoker threw for 232 yards and three touchdowns and Charles Rogers caught four passes for 138 yards as No. 17 Michigan State recorded a 56-7 victory over Eastern Michigan.
It was the Spartans' largest margin of victory in a season opener since a 93-0 victory over Alma in 1932 and gives Michigan State (1-0) a 6-0 record all time against the Eagles.
Smoker connected with Rogers on a 19-yard TD pass, making it 7-0 seven minutes into the game. Rogers, however, was forced out of the game in the second quarter due to leg cramps.
"We haven't put up that many points since I've been here," Smoker said. "It feels great to know that we can have that kind of offense."
"Our offense showed a lot of poise today," Rogers said. "We've got good depth on our team and it showed. We're just going to get better and better each week."
After Dawan Moss' 50-yard run in the second gave the Spartans a 14-point lead, Smoker made it 21-0 with five minutes left in the first half when he found Eric Knott from four yards away. Four minutes later, Smoker and Knott connected again, this time from 31 yards away to put Michigan State ahead 28-0.
The Spartans are 69-34-3 all time in season openers.
"We got off to a real good start this first ballgame," Michigan State coach Bobby Williams said. "We got some questions answered but we still have a long way to go. We were a bit sluggish at the beginning of the game but then we finally got into a rhythm."
Moss gave the Spartans a 35-0 lead 43 seconds into the second half when he took a handoff from Smoker and ran five yards into the end zone for his second score. The senior tailback ran for 136 yards on 12 carries.
"I knew I could run the ball," he said. "It was just a matter of time. I knew we had to go out there and prove that we could run the ball. That was on my mind."
Jaren Hayes tallied the Spartans' other third-quarter score with a one-yard run with three minutes to play.
Michigan State added a pair of TDs in the fourth on a 25-yard pass from Damon Dowdell to B.J. Lovette and a 38-yard run by David Richard, who made his collegiate debut.
"It was an isolation play designed to go up the middle but the hole was clogged," Richard said. "The safety was there on the outside so I just lowered my shoulder and ran through the tackle. I had to stiff-arm another defender and then I used my speed to get into the end zone.
"When given an opportunity, I just wanted to run hard," Richard added. "I have a lot of confidence in my ability as a runner."
The Eagles tallied their only score with six minutes to play when Ime Akpan scored from one yard away.
"The offense was not having success and not moving the ball," Eastern Michigan State coach Jeff Woodruff said.