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It couldn’t have been a worse start for the Mel Tucker era of Michigan State football. Turnovers. Penalties. Blown assignments. Missed tackles. And that was all in the first quarter. The retooled Spartans failed to impress Saturday, turning the ball over seven times — the most since 1981. Rutgers ended a 21-game conference losing streak beating Michigan State, 38-27, at Spartan Stadium.

Source: Detroit Free Press

MSU vs. Rutgers: Scarlet Knights dominate Spartans, 38-27 Spartans Wire
Well, that was not the best start to season. Michigan State left a lot to be envied in Mel Tucker’s debut. Getting blown out by Rutgers by a score of 38-27. Neither side of the ball was able to string anything together. Rutgers was by and far the superior team today.

Spartans Fall in Season Opener Michigan State Official
Isaih Pacheco ran for two first-half touchdowns, and Rutgers beat Michigan State 38-27 on Saturday in the Big Ten season opener. The Spartans (0-1) turned the ball over seven times — four in the first half.

Three instant thoughts from MSU’s disappointing loss to Rutgers Spartans Wire
Michigan State experienced arguably its most embarrassing loss since the John L. Smith or Bobby Williams days on Saturday — dropping the season-opener against Rutgers. It was the Scarlet Knights’ first Big Ten win since 2018 and the first time Rutgers beat Michigan State since joining the Big Ten in 2014.

Rutgers Bests Michigan State In Opener The Only Colors
MSU was the last program standing (having not lost to Rutgers in either football or basketball in conference prior to today). We will always have that going for us! As you are all well aware, the Michigan State Spartans fell to the Rutgers Scarlet Knights in the season opener by a final score of 38-27. There were a lot of great moments in this one, but the Spartans made far too many mistakes and helped hand a victory over to an energized and hard fighting Rutgers squad.

‘Shot ourselves in the foot’: Seven turnovers ruin Mel Tucker’s MSU debut Detroit News
There were no fans at Spartan Stadium on Saturday, and that might have been a good thing. If 70,000-plus had packed the stands for Mel Tucker’s debut as Michigan State’s head coach, odds are they would have been hurling their share of boos toward the field, a chorus that likely would have begun early and lasted the entire afternoon.

Couch: 3 quick takes on Michigan State’s 38-27 loss to Rutgers in Mel Tucker’s debut Lansing State Journal
Nobody thought Michigan State was going to plow through the Big Ten this season. But the depths of the struggle Saturday were unquestionably jarring. Seven turnovers, an offensive line that doesn’t look built for the Big Ten, and a 38-27 loss to Rutgers that’ll go down as one of the low points in program history.

Turning point, unsung hero from Michigan State’s 38-27 loss vs. Rutgers Lansing State Journal
With 5:16 left in the third quarter and Michigan State trailing 28-20, the Spartans’ Drew Beesley strip-sacked Rutgers QB Noah Vedral and Naquan Jones recovered the fumble on the Scarlet Knights’ 29-yard line. But MSU could not take advantage. Offensive coordinator Jay Johnson dialed up four consecutive runs, and on fourth-and-2 from the 21-yard line, freshman running back Jordon Simmons was tackled a yard short of the first down.

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Michigan State certainly looked like a team with a brand new coaching staff and about a month of padded practices Saturday in its season-opener against Rutgers. The Spartans were slow, sloppy and discombobulated in a performance that looked more like the first scrimmage of spring practice than a Big Ten game.

Michigan State football has no excuse for this Rutgers debacle Detroit Free Press
You could argue it’s just one game. And that the head coach didn’t see his team scrimmage for the first time until three weeks ago. And that he didn’t have spring football, or a full training camp this summer, or the kind of in-person meeting and study time to begin building a program. But then Rutgers’ Greg Schiano was in the same spot as Michigan State’s Mel Tucker. And look what his Scarlet Knights just did to the Spartans in each of their debuts.