November 19th, 2017

Overheard outside the Michigan State locker room: No hall passes and flipping the script MLive
Here are some notable quotes from No. 22 Michigan State (8-3, 6-2 Big Ten) coaches and players following the final game of the season at Spartan Stadium

Brian Lewerke struggles but makes no excuses in first snow game MLive
Before Saturday, Michigan State quarterback Brian Lewerke had never played a football game in the snow. He certainly didn’t play in any while growing up in Arizona. He didn’t play in any as a redshirt freshman last year for Michigan State either, after he broke his leg in late October before the first snow fell.

MSU’s defense, run game shine in wicked weather win over Maryland Detroit Free Press
Mark Dantonio told his players to break out the pads for practice on Thursday, something linebacker Chris Frey hadn’t seen in his four years at Michigan State. Let alone 12 weeks into the season, with their ninth straight game about 48 hours away. “That’s the first time it happened,” Frey said after his senior day. “We had an Eagles (Council) meeting on Thursday, and Coach D was like, ‘You guys gotta back me. We’re gonna go full pads today.’”

Overheard: What Michigan State players and coaches had to say Saturday Detroit Free Press
Michigan State improved to 8-3 Saturday after defeating Maryland 17-7. Here’s what coaches and players had to say after a snowy and emotional Senior Day

Michigan State report card: ‘Workmanlike’ win provides shot at 10 wins Detroit Free Press
Chris Solari rates the 24th-ranked Spartans on a scale of 1 to 10 after their 17-7 win over Maryland in Michigan State’s home finale.

Couch: LJ Scott ran like he was playing his last game at Spartan Stadium Lansing State Journal
Mark Dantonio described running back LJ Scott’s performance Saturday as “a good point to launch from.” The NFL or a Heisman Trophy campaign — Scott will have to decide which he’d rather launch to. The Michigan State junior ran like a player with good options Saturday.

Brian Lewerke’s passing freeze up vs. Maryland Detroit Free Press
Michigan State quarterback Brian Lewerke got his first real chance to play in wintry weather on Saturday. After for throwing for over 400 yards two weeks ago, Lewerke, a 6-foot-3, 212-pound sophomore out of Phoenix, was held to 2 of 14 passing for 20 yards in the No. 24 MSU’s 17-7 win over Maryland in a snowy Spartan Stadium.

Running game comes together when Spartans need it Detroit News
Michigan State knew things were gonna be messy on Saturday, it was something the Spartans contemplated all week as they prepared to host Maryland in the final home game of the season. But bad weather or not, there was a clear offensive game plan for No. 22 Michigan State — run the ball.

Elements conspire to keep Lewerke grounded Detroit News
It’s not the sort of trivia question Brian Lewerke ever hoped he’d be the answer to, but considering it happened in a couple of Michigan State wins, maybe it’s not all that bad. Michigan State’s sophomore quarterback, who is two weeks removed from a 400-yard passing performance in a huge win over Penn State, was just 2-for-14 for 20 yards Saturday in the Spartans’ 17-7 victory over Maryland on Senior Day at Spartan Stadium.

Physical practice sets tone as Michigan State defense rebounds against Maryland MLive
Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio approached his “Eagles” leadership council on Thursday with a request. “‘Well, you guys got to back me, we’re going full pads today,'” senior linebacker Chris Frey recalled of the conversation.

Chris Frey savors senior day victory, still has ‘unfinished business’ Lansing State Journal
Chris Frey is really going to miss those Kellogg meals. Sitting on a chair Saturday night, dressed in a gray suit with brown-framed glasses, the bearded linebacker smiled when he talked about the buffet-style dinners the Spartans have each Friday night before home games. He raved about the steak, the mashed potatoes, the mac and cheese. Don’t get him started on the clam chowder.

Spartans defense redeems itself in win over Maryland Detroit News
A week ago, Michigan State was trying to figure out how its defense just got run over in a 45-point loss at Ohio State. After giving up less than 90 yards a game on the ground all season, the Spartans were roughed up for 335 yards in the loss to Ohio State, forcing coach Mark Dantonio to wonder how his team would respond.


3 Michigan State questions: Ugly win never looked so pretty vs. Terps Detroit Free Press
Free Press reporter Chris Solari answers three questions after Michigan State’s 17-7 win over Maryland in the 24th-ranked Spartans’ home finale on Saturday

Grading Michigan State’s performance against Maryland Lansing State Journal
Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch grades the Spartans on a scale of 1 to 10.

Grading Michigan State’s win against Maryland MLive
Michigan State beat Maryland 17-7 on a snowy Saturday in East Lansing. Here are snap-judgement grades for the No. 22 Spartans (8-3, 6-2 Big Ten) in their win against the Terrapins (4-7, 2-6)

What we learned vs. Maryland, what to watch at Rutgers Detroit Free Press
Looking back at what happened in No. 24 Michigan State’s 17-7 home win over Maryland and a look ahead to next week’s regular-season finale at Rutgers.

LJ Scott doesn’t like snow, but it doesn’t show as he leads Michigan State past Maryland MLive
LJ Scott grew up in Ohio and enjoyed playing in snow when he was younger. Now 21 years old, the Michigan State junior running back is no longer fond of seeing flakes fall around him. However, it didn’t show in Michigan State’s 17-7 win against Maryland on a snowy Saturday in East Lansing.