November 17th, 2018


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
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.

Spartans fall at Nebraska Spartan Tailgate
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
Spartan Avenue
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
Detroit Free Press
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.