Apparently Washington State’s defense isn’t interested in covering Michigan State receiver Felton Davis III.

How else could we explain how the Spartans’ top pass-catcher got so wide open?

In the second quarter, Michigan State had the ball near midfield and was looking to build on a 7-3 lead. That’s when quarterback Brian Lewerke fired a pass down the field for Davis, which resulted in a 49-yard touchdown. And it might have been one of the easier scores the Spartans have had this season.

Davis was able to get behind Washington State’s secondary and got a good seven yards downfield before the Cougars thought about catching up with him. But the damage had been done and the Spartans increased their lead to 14-3.

Anyone could’ve scored on that play.

Davis was Michigan State’s leading receiver in 2017, catching 51 passes for 658 yards and eight touchdowns in the regular season. His yardage total ranked seventh in the B1G while his touchdown total was tied for fourth.

In the first half of the Holiday Bowl, Davis had 90 yards and a touchdown on three receptions.

Michigan State took a 21-3 lead over Washington State into the locker room at halftime.