EAST LANSING, Michigan — The start of the Zach Smith era at quarterback was a rough one for the University of Tulsa.

Smith, the transfer from Baylor, led an offense that was held to a school record low -73 yards rushing, turned the ball over three times and allowed a defensive touchdown and a safety.

The Hurricane's offensive woes overshadowed a consistently strong effort by the TU defense, as No. 18 Michigan State cruised to a 28-7 victory in the season opener for both teams.

Smith, a transfer from Baylor, started over Seth Boomer, the starter at the end of the 2018 season. He was 16-of-27 passing for 153 yards. But TU running backs combined for 13 carries for minus-1 yards. And sacks and a couple of bad snaps pushed the Hurricane offense to snap a rushing record set in 2003 against Georgia Tech (-56 yards).