Rocky Lombardi faced significant challenges in his first career road start. There were blustery conditions that dropped the wind chill in the low-teens at Memorial Stadium, snow flurries late and several passes dropped. However, the redshirt freshman quarterback brushed off those as reasons for Michigan State’s 9-6 loss at Nebraska on Saturday afternoon.
The Spartans begin what could be a week or so likely without junior big man Nick Ward, who suffered a sprained ankle early in MSU’s 80-59 win over Louisiana-Monroe on Sunday night. Sophomore Xavier Tillman will take his place in the starting lineup. Expect a decent dose of MSU freshmen Marcus Bingham Jr. and Thomas Kithier, with Ward’s absence and considering the matchup.
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Everything Michigan State fans wished for came true. Rocky Lombardi got the start. He knew on Monday he would replace Brian Lewerke, who had an injured shoulder. Immediately, the offense moved the ball and ate up the clock. The Spartans’ first drive, which ended in a field goal, could be considered a success. It was a deep exhale. Followed by a slow, continual return of tension.
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“I contribute that to losing your composure, I would say,” Dantonio said. “I couldn’t even see some of them, but they didn’t help us. I thought we overcame them for the most part, but they put us in a tough situation. They hit the one pass right after one of them and we held them down there. I can’t remember which ones were which, but I know a couple of them just didn’t need to happen.”
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How Michigan State lost Saturday at Nebraska is inexcusable. On Saturday, in cold and blustery conditions, in a loud road stadium, the sort of day you need to be able to run the football, MSU found out it could. Pretty well, too. And inexplicably chose not to — on key downs and key drives.
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The Michigan State hockey team dropped its second of two weekend games with Notre Dame on Saturday night at Munn Ice Arena, falling to the eighth-ranked Fighting Irish, 2-1. Patrick Khodorenko scored his second goal in as many games for the Spartans (4-6, 0-2 B1G).
Michigan State fell in a hard-fought battle with archrival Michigan, 3-1 (28-30, 25-18, 17-25, 24-26). The match was MSU’s annual Jam Jenison affair, and for the second straight year posted a sellout crowd of 4,900 patrons.
Michigan State’s men’s basketball team plays the final game of a three-game homestand on Sunday, Nov. 18, hosting Tennessee Tech at the Breslin Center. Tipoff is slated for 6 p.m.The game will air live on BTN, with Brandon Gaudin calling the play-by-play and Stephen Bardo serving as the color analyst.
If there is a plus about Nick Ward’s ankle injury, it will force Tom Izzo to use freshman forwards Marcus Bingham Jr. and Thomas Kithier.For more minutes and longer stretches. In critical situations and not just garbage time.
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Michigan State continues its NCAA Tournament run, traveling to No. 4-seed Louisville on Sunday, Nov. 18 for a second-round matchup. The Spartans are ranked No. 22 this season, while the Cardinals are ranked No. 5.
Michigan State concludes its three-game homestand to open the season, hosting Wright State on Sunday, Nov. 18 at 1 p.m. The Spartans have started the season 2-0 for the fourth-straight season. Last season, MSU earned wins in its first four games. The Spartan offense has come on strong in the first two games, outscoring their opponents, 87-61. Michigan State has also been strong on the boards with a +11.0 rebound margin.
Michigan State women’s cross country ran to an 11th-place finish Saturday at the NCAA Championships on the Thomas Zimmer Championship Cross Country Course, led by 21st-place finish from redshirt-junior Annie Fuller.
Michigan State football offense goes cold in 9-6 loss at Nebraska Detroit Free Press
Even with a new starting quarterback, Michigan State football continues to operate in rerun mode. A dominating defense. An offensive offense. On repeat. Rocky Lombardi took over Saturday, with Brian Lewerke resting his injured shoulder, and the Spartans continued to sputter along with the ball.
Couch: 3 quick takes on Michigan State’s 9-6 loss at Nebraska Lansing State Journal
1. The conditions were tough, but MSU’s game plan made them worse
2. Lombardi was absolutely the right call at QB
3. If you ask this much of MSU’s defense, you’re asking to lose
MSU’s offense nearly nonexistent in loss to Nebraska Detroit News
Michigan State’s offense hasn’t had any rhythm much of the season, and on Saturday at Nebraska, it was again the main reason the Spartans walked away with a loss. Despite yet another solid defensive performance, Michigan State could not find the end zone as Nebraska kicked three fourth-quarter field goals to earn a 9-6 victory in front of 88,793 at Memorial Stadium.
Nebraska rallies late for 9-6 win against Michigan State MLive.com
On a windy, frigid day, with flurries flying on the Great Plains, Michigan State once against asked its defense to win a game. Once again, it wasn’t enough. Nebraska (4-7, 3-5 Big Ten) rallied from a 6-0 deficit in the fourth quarter with a trio of field goals for a 9-6 win against Michigan State (6-5, 4-4) on Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium.
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For the second week in a row, Michigan State’s six points weren’t enough. The Spartans were held to two field goals Saturday in Memorial Stadium, and Nebraska’s three allowed it to sneak by MSU 9-6. MSU’s offense, with redshirt freshman Rocky Lombardi playing the entire game at quarterback, wasn’t able to back up a defense that kept the Cornhuskers off the board until the fourth quarter. Nebraska went 4-for-14 on third down and netted 248 total yards against the Spartan defense, while their offense failed to reach the end zone.
Anemic MSU offense dooms Spartans heroic defense in Nebraska Spartan Nation
Facing snowy and windy weather that a swirling wind that at times hit 30 MPH, while playing without starting quarterback Brian Lewerke, the offense, led by Rocky Lombardi, failed to find any kind of consistency once again as the Spartans wasted another sterling defensive effort, falling to Nebraska in ugly fashion, 9-6.
Michigan State Nipped By Nebraska, 9-6 Michigan State Official
The Spartans (6-5, 4-4 Big Ten) got field goals of 34 and 26 yards from Matt Coghlin but was unable to sustain offense against a Nebraska defense that has struggled most of the season.
Offensive mediocrity leads to Nebraska loss
It happened again. Michigan State just needed to score one touchdown to beat Nebraska on the road Saturday, but the Spartans just couldn’t get the job done. For the fifth time this season, the Spartans lost thanks to a lackluster offensive effort and for a second straight game, and third time this year, they failed to break double-digits in the scoring column. Michigan, Ohio State and now the Cornhuskers have held the Spartans to under 10 points which is shocking considering the amount of talent this team began the season with.
Defense was great, but nothing else worked
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Chris Solari rates the Spartans on a scale of 1 to 10 after their 9-6 loss at Nebraska on Saturday.
Michigan State at Nebraska football: Turning point, unsung hero, what they’re saying, etc. Lansing State Journal
Rocky Lombardi did a lot of things in Saturday’s loss to Nebraska — some of them well, some of them not. But he gets this honor for his quick instincts and fumble recovery midway through the second quarter that kept the ball in MSU’s hands at its own 33-yard line.
One week after facing the Big Ten’s top team in total offense, Michigan State will line up against the No. 2 squad on the list. The Spartans (6-4, 4-3 Big Ten), who are coming off a 26-6 loss at home to Ohio State, play at Nebraska (3-7, 2-5) on Saturday (noon ET, FOX) in their final road game of the season.
No. 8 Notre Dame topped the Michigan State hockey team, 3-1, in the Spartans’ Big Ten opener on Friday night at Munn Ice Arena. Trailing 2-0 midway through the third period, Patrick Khodorenko scored to cut the Spartan deficit in half, but MSU (4-5, 0-1 B1G) couldn’t get the equalizer and Notre Dame sealed the game with an empty-net goal in the final seconds.
No. 12 Michigan State women’s cross country closes the season Saturday at the NCAA Championships on the Thomas Zimmer Championship Cross Country Course in Madison, Wisconsin.
Matt Coghlin accounted for all of MSU’s points last week connecting on two of three field goal attempts. He was good on kicks of 44 and 38 yards and missed from 51 yards out. The miss was his first non-block miss of the year.
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Earlier this week, in the aftermath of the tough loss to Ohio State and with a trip to Nebraska up next, Mark Dantonio talked about the challenges his program faces and how he’s working to make sure the season ends on a high note.
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Michigan State hosts its annual “Jam Jenison” event on Saturday when the Spartans host the No. 19 Michigan Wolverines. The first 500 patrons will receive a free Jam Jenison T-Shirt. Students are admitted for free.
This weekend’s matchup in interesting because Nebraska has a high-flying offense, while Michigan State has a tough as nails defense. And quite the opposite on the other side of the matchup is true, as MSU’s offense has struggled to move the ball and put up points, while Nebraska’s defense, well, leaves a lot to be desired.
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