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Matt Coghlin, usually ‘automatic,’ misses 3 Detroit Free Press
Junior Matt Coghlin, who had been 7-for-7 on field goals this season, went 0-for-3 in the Spartans’ 10-7 loss to Arizona State, including a potentially game-tying 47-yarder that went wide left as time expired. Coghlin was successful on the first attempt on that sequence, from 42 yards, but it was nullified because the Spartans had 12 men on the field.

Michigan State football grades: Spartans regress in gut-punching loss Detroit Free Press
Chris Solari rates No. 19 Michigan State football on a scale of 1 to 10 after its 10-7 loss to Arizona State on Saturday at Spartan Stadium

Detroit News
Good calls or not, penalties are starting to become a huge issue for Michigan State. After committing 14 for 122 yards in the opener against Tulsa before seemingly getting things squared away in a Week 2 win over Western Michigan when it was flagged just twice, Michigan State was nailed 10 times for 91 yards in Saturday’s 10-7 loss to Arizona State.

Sequence on MSU’s tying kick attempts spills into puddle of confusion Detroit News
It was good. Wait, no it wasn’t. Ok, it’s good. Hold it, hold it. Nope, it’s no good. That’s kind of how things played out on Michigan State’s final possession on what the Spartans were hoping would be their final play of regulation Saturday against Arizona State.

Grades for Michigan State against Arizona State: Low marks for offense, coaching Lansing State Journal
Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch grades the Spartans on a scale of 1-10

Michigan State football loses its third left tackle this season, run game suffers Detroit Free Press
Kevin Jarvis moved to left tackle out of necessity. Who knew occupying that spot along Michigan State football’s offensive line would be like playing drums for Spinal Tap? The Spartans lost arguably their best offensive lineman late in Saturday’s first half of a 10-7 loss to Arizona State, when Jarvis was pushed backward over a Sun Devils defender while blocking in the backfield. He did not return.

Matt Coghlin still has team support after missing three field goals in Arizona State loss Spartans Wire
“I haven’t talked to him yet, but he’s proven himself to be a great kicker here,” Lewerke said. “There’s no doubt about that. Obviously, today wasn’t his day, but I still have a ton of confidence in him.”

Explaining how Michigan State, Mark Dantonio cracked in loss to Arizona State Detroit Free Press
Brian Lewerke spiked the ball and gave Connor Heyward a quick, low hand slap and a pat on the helmet. In just 39 seconds, the Michigan State football offense raced from its own 25-yard line to Arizona State’s 24. Lewerke had hurried to the line after following a 15-yard pass interference penalty and a 25-yard catch-and-run to Darrell Stewart. The Spartans, somehow and some way, appeared ready to do something seemingly improbable.

Mark Dantonio blamed refs for Michigan State football’s loss. He should blame himself
It wasn’t the refs. It’s almost never the refs. And when you mention the officiating, and then qualify that you’re mentioning the officiating by saying … you never mention the officiating, you better make sure it really was the officiating. It wasn’t. It was the offense. Again. As Michigan State football managed a single offensive touchdown for the second time in three weeks.

Michigan State regrouping for Big Ten play after deflating loss to Arizona State MLive.com
Three points allowed through three quarters. That’s all Michigan State’s defense gave up against Arizona State last year in the desert and the same total it yielded against the Sun Devils on Saturday in East Lansing. And both games ended with a loss for the Spartans.