Two weeks ago, Michigan State's offensive and defensive lines were being thoroughly outplayed by a two-win team. By Michigan State's count, its quarterbacks were disrupted 22 times by Illinois' defense. The Spartans went through three right tackles that day, gave up three sacks and struggled to run the ball most of the day.
This is it. No bowl game. No extra practices. No winning record. Michigan State’s 2017 season officially begins Saturday at No. 8 Penn State, the 2016 season-ender with nothing left for the Spartans to gain except experience. Including at quarterback.
“You’re going to play your last football game,” Dantonio said Sunday night. “How hard are you going to play as a senior? You’ve got your last regular-season football game as a younger player – what kind of tone do you want to set for the future? You’ve got things to play for relative to being a spoiler in some ways.
Michigan State's nine-year bowl streak under Mark Dantonio ended quietly on Saturday after the Spartans' 17-16 loss to Ohio State. Nobody mentioned it in postgame interviews, but after the Spartans' eighth loss of the year, the team now maxes out at four wins. That's one short of the five required to be under consideration for a bowl.
LJ Scott turned in his best performance of the season Saturday against Ohio State. And NFL analyst Bucky Brooks expects scouts to take notice. Brooks, a former NFL player and scout, predicted that “scouts will quickly develop an affinity for Scott” after the sophomore totaled 236 yards and two touchdowns in the Spartans’ 17-16 loss to Ohio State.
LJ Scott comes up big against Ohio State Lansing State Journal
LJ Scott wanted the ball again. Why not? Ohio State couldn’t stop Michigan State’s sophomore running back. But after all the work on a fourth-quarter touchdown drive, the Spartans didn’t call Scott’s number again on the ensuing 2-point attempt. Tyler O’Connor’s pass to Jamal Lyles was picked off, which proved to be the difference in their 17-16 loss to the second-ranked Buckeyes on Saturday.
Mother Nature brings passing game to halt in Michigan State’s 17-16 loss Land of 10
Saturday wasn’t a good day to be a quarterback. At least, not if you’re a quarterback who likes to throw the ball. A total of 43 passes were attempted in Michigan State’s 17-16 loss to No. 2 Ohio State, 22 by Ohio State’s J.T. Barrett and 21 combined by the Spartans’ Tyler O’Connor and Damion Terry. Only 18 of them were completed.
LJ Scott shows shades of Le'Veon, earns high praise MLive
LJ Scott was ready to tote the ball for a ninth straight play on a potential go-ahead two-point conversion try Saturday against No. 2 Ohio State, but it wasn't to be. Michigan State's sophomore running back did everything else in carrying the Spartans during their 17-16 loss to the Buckeyes at Spartan Stadium, so why not do so again?
Seidel: Dantonio, MSU show their guts in bid for glory vs. Ohio State Detroit Free Press
Heck, yes, you go for it. You go for the win, not the tie. Especially in this situation. “All week long, I said if we are close at the end, we are going for two,” Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio said Saturday after his team lost to Ohio State, 17-16. “I fully expected us to get that two-point conversion, so that’s what we did.”
Michigan State sees improvement, but another day of missed opportunities MLive
Mark Dantonio spoke this week about using No. 2 Ohio State as a measuring stick for Michigan State, despite the disparate paths the two teams have taken this season. After 60 minutes on the field, Michigan State found out where it stands: a few inches short, like it's been much of the season.
Youthful Michigan State defensive line coming of age, making plays MLive
Michigan State defensive lineman Malik McDowell entered the season as an All-American candidate and projected top-10 pick for the 2017 NFL draft. But the past couple games have revealed an interesting development with the 6-foot-6, 276-pound McDowell sidelined, dressed in street clothes: The Spartans just might have a little something in their young defensive line corps.
Dantonio's team threw everything it had at Ohio State, executing a successful fake punt in the fourth quarter and later going for 2 when an extra point would have tied it. The Spartans fell just short in the end, unable to establish any consistent offensive threats aside from Scott.
Michigan State nearly pulls off upset, falls 17-16 to No. 2 OSU Spartan Tailgate
Michigan State was in it until the very end but came up just short in a 17-16 loss to No. 2 Ohio State on Saturday. MSU got the ball back down with 2:04 left to play, but after fumbling on the first play, quarterback Tyler O'Connor threw a pass that was intercepted by OSU's Gareon Conley to seal the game.
Ohio State Buckeyes hold off feisty Michigan State Spartans, 17-16 Detroit Free Press
Michigan State entered Saturday’s game against Ohio State as a major underdog. The Spartans entered the final 5 minutes in position to pull off a major upset of the second-ranked Buckeyes. LJ Scott scored a 1-yard touchdown to cap his own eight-play, 56-yard drive. MSU opted to go for the 2-point conversion, and Tyler O’Connor’s pass was picked off by the Buckeyes’ Malik Hooker.
Michigan State misfires on 2-point try, OSU escapes Detroit News
Michigan State has been a thorn in the side of Ohio State for years, and it was again on Saturday in the final game this season at Spartan Stadium. The Spartans hoped to be spoilers for a Buckeyes team still in contention in the Big Ten East. And for most of the game, it looked like they had a shot.
Buckeyes earn victory in East Lansing on Spartans senior day State News
The MSU Spartans (3-8, 1-7 Big Ten) welcomed No. 2 Ohio State (10-1, 7-1 Big Ten) to East Lansing and barely fell to the heavily-favored Buckeyes 17-16. It was senior day at Spartan Stadium with the wind and weather playing a large part in the final outcome.
Michigan State gives No. 2 Ohio State a scare before falling 17-16 Land of 10
Michigan State gave No. 2-ranked Ohio State a huge scare before falling 17-16 Saturday afternoon at Spartan Stadium. Michigan State running back LJ Scott scored on a 1-yard run with 4:41 left to play, but Tyler O’Connor’s 2-point conversion pass was intercepted in the end zone to preserve Ohio State’s 1-point advantage. The Spartans outgained Ohio State, 334-310, and had leads of 7-0 and 10-7.
Michigan State Falls Short Against Ohio State, Lose 17-16 The Only Colors
Michigan State stated the game with a 2 play, 75 yard drive that saw LJ Scott catch a back door screen pass for a 64 yard touchdown. Things were looking up. While we have been in this spot before (this team has led in all of its 7 losses) things were feeling pretty good in Sparty land.
Spartans Fall Just Short of Upset of No. 2 Buckeyes Impact Sports
Michigan State opened up this spoiler type game against Ohio State like they’ve done many times this season, with a hot opening drive. On just the second play of the game, Tyler O’Connor connected with L.J. Scott on a misdirection screen pass. Scott then went untouched for a 64-yard score.
Three Things: MSU Loss to Ohio State The Only Colors
A lot has been said on twitter after this one. The hot take machine was in full effect and some scorched earth takes were hitting the mentions today but I wanted to take some time and give three reasonably measured takes from the MSU loss to OSU.
Mark Dantonio explains decision, play call on 2-point conversion try vs. Ohio State MLive
Mark Dantonio didn't make an in-the-moment, gut call to go for two when his team scored the potential game-tying touchdown with 4:53 left against Ohio State. The Michigan State coach said he decided earlier in the week to go for two if presented that scenario, based on wanting to take an aggressive approach to take the lead instead of go for a tie.
MSU-OSU is personal for LJ Scott, and he shows it Detroit News
“This game means a lot personally,” Scott said. “The fact that I am from Ohio and during my recruiting process it came down to Michigan State and Ohio State. This game means to me just as much as it does a kid from Michigan when we are playing Michigan. It is about the same on a personal level.
LJ Scott rides Ohio State motivation to career game in loss Land of 10
Scott has been on an upturn as this season has progressed. Going into Saturday, he’d rushed for 120-plus yards in three of four games after 72 total in the three previous games. This time? The sophomore rushed for a career-high 160 yards and finished with a career-high 76 receiving yards. He had a touchdown both through the air and on the ground.
Defense finally living up to Spartan standards Detroit News
When there’s one game left in the season and even a bowl bid has gone out the window, it can be tough to look at the silver lining. Still, it was there for Michigan State on Saturday after its 17-16 loss at home to No. 2 Ohio State, a game that again saw the Spartans come close but fail to get it done at the end.
Niyo: Spartans loss leaves two teams with empty feeling Detroit News
Before “The Game” there is this game. And this game, as we’ve all noticed in recent years, doesn’t always go the way you’d expect. Yet at the end of a season that certainly hasn’t gone the way Michigan State expected, this game did, right up until the bitter end, as No. 2 Ohio State escaped with a 17-16 victory — and its national championship hopes still intact — in a game that left both teams feeling strangely unfulfilled.
Mark Dantonio knows what it's like to take a counted-out Michigan State team and match it up against a powerhouse Ohio State squad. Dantonio was the Michigan State defensive backs coach in November, 1998, when a 4-4 Spartans team went to visit an undefeated and No. 1 Ohio State team that seemed en route to the first BCS title game.
It’s been nearly four months since her son, Mike Sadler, the former Michigan State punter, died alongside his friend, and Nebraska punter, Sam Foltz — and Karen Sadler is still working through all of the laborious details and paperwork… while she continues to grieve. “I’m taking it a day at a time,” Karen said Friday morning. “Trying to find something positive in each day. I’m trying to move forward but it’s a slow process.”
November 21, 2015: The day fifth year senior quarterback Tyler O’Connor threw the touchdown pass that changed his football career. Taking the field in Columbus, Ohio when starting quarterback Connor Cook was injured, O’Connor wanted to be the teammate that could do his part to get the win for the team and Spartan Nation. Surrounded by animated and fired up Buckeye fans sensing the tough moment for Michigan State, O’Connor focused and relied on all the preparation and hard work he had done leading up to this moment to help his team win this football game.
The YouTube.com video clip of Michigan State kicker Michael Geiger’s game-winning field goal at Ohio State and his windmill-powered victory lap has been viewed more than 100,000 times over the past year and will be available to watch on the Internet until the end of time. And while it is sure to endure as one of the greatest plays in the history of Spartan athletics, “I definitely don’t feel immortal,” Geiger said. “I’m very human.”
Saturday is Senior Day for Michigan State. The season hasn’t been the one this senior class envisioned when preseason camp began in August, but a win over No. 2 Ohio State would give the class a memorable sendoff.
So often in sports, we see can athletes that are successful in their craft become somewhat individualistic, egocentric, or even conceited. Sometimes, people who enjoy such levels of success lose sight of where they came from and the people who may have helped them along the way. When it comes to the case of senior tight end Josiah Price, none of the preceding sentiments could be further from the truth.
Michigan State is fresh off the heels of a 49-0 victory over Rutgers. The sun was shining, people were happy. It felt like we were finally leaving Barb behind and getting out of the damn upside down once and for all. Well friends, we hope you enjoyed your Eggos, because week 11 is here and the Buckeyes and rolling into town with their eyes on complete and total domination.
There is no chance Michigan State will beat Ohio State. That was the consensus in 1974. And in 1998. And 2015. Each time, the Spartans found a few new heroes. Levi Jackson. Renaldo Hill. Michael Geiger.
Walking through the halls of Southeastern High School in Detroit, Ed Davis understood that in order to make it out, he was going to have to rise above his peers. Gang activity, skipping class and plenty of other distractions taunted Davis, but he had his mind somewhere else: the football field. Day in and day out, Davis suited up for the Jungaleers and left his frustrations on the field. He needed to stay focused; he needed to get good grades and he needed to get his diploma – the piece of paper that many of his peers would never hold.
Football season is ending, basketball season is beginning and recruiting just keeps rolling on. The coming months will be huge for both sports as programs try to land their last undecided targets before the regular signing periods. These predictions intend to shed a little light on how those efforts will go for Michigan State.
Following an inspiring 49-0 blowout over Rutgers last week and notching their first conference win, the Spartans will have a much tougher test as they look to pick up just their fourth win on the season. After ending a rough seven-game skid by rolling over Rutgers, MSU will have a much tougher matchup this week as they take on the 9-1 Ohio State Buckeyes.