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Michigan State toppled over Youngstown Saturday (Sept. 11) in what marked the Spartans’ first home game of the 2021 season.

Payton Thorne was a star, throwing four touchdowns, including two long strikes to Jayden Reed. The final tally was Michigan State 42, Youngstown State 14.

Next up on the Spartans’ roster is a non-conference game Saturday (Sept. 18) at Miami, Florida. The Spartans haven’t taken on the Hurricanes since 1989. Go green!

Oh, Tom Izzo was there, too:

View some footage from the game below!

Youngstown State at Michigan State | Thorne Tosses 4 TD in Home Opener | Sept. 11, 2021 | Highlights

Michigan State QB Payton Thorne passed for 280 yards and four touchdowns in a 42-14 win over Youngstown State. #MichiganStateSpartans#NCAAFootballSUBSCRIBE ...

Anne Erickson's love for music drew her into radio, and she started shortly after graduating from MSU. She has a passion for rock and metal, plus local music. She also fronts the band Upon Wings. Email Anne at and tweet at her @AnneErickson!