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For the first time since 2015, the Michigan State Spartans are 3-0, and for the first time since 2019, MSU is ranked. Mel Tucker’s team walked into Miami, executed, and came out with a 38-17 victory over the No. 24-ranked Hurricanes. It wasn’t pretty through the entire game, but a big final 15 minutes pushed the Spartans to a victory. Let’s dive into some of the takeaways from Saturday.

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The Spartans, 3-0 for the first time since 2015, are ranked 20th in The Associated Press Poll and No. 21 in the USA TODAY/AFCA Coaches Poll. This marks the first time MSU has been ranked since Sept. 29, 2019, when it was No. 23 in the Coaches’ Poll and No. 25 in the AP Poll.

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Late push lifts Michigan State over No. 24 Miami on the road Spartail Tailgate
The rain started to fall with about 4 minutes left Saturday at Hard Rock Stadium, the refreshing shower arriving with perfect timing — almost immediately following Ronald Williams’ game-sealing interception — for Michigan State after a job well done. The stress and sweat that marked the early stages of MSU’s clash with the No. 24-ranked Miami Hurricanes was washed away by a 21-point fourth quarter. A couple of turnovers and a pair of gutsy offensive play calls turned a tight one into another marquee win early in the Mel Tucker era, with the Spartans posting a 38-17 victory over the Canes.

Couch: 3 quick takes on Michigan State’s 38-17 statement win at Miami Lansing State Journal
We saw Michigan State’s football team pushed in ways it hadn’t been, forced to make adjustments, forced to make game-deciding plays. We got to see this coaching staff coach. This team overcomes. We got to see the Spartans’ strengths and vulnerabilities. And we saw their strengths win out.

Michigan State scores decisive road win over No. 24 ranked Miami (FL), 38-17. The Only Colors
The Michigan State Spartans went down to South Florida this week to face a ranked team in the heat and humidity and came out with a decisive 38-17 win over the No. 24-ranked Miami Hurricanes. Head coach Mel Tucker earned a signature win, and MSU has already exceeded last year’s win total.

Payton Thorne, Kenneth Walker III help Michigan State football knock off Miami, 38-17 Detroit Free Press
Kenneth Walker III, Payton Thorne and Michigan State football continued their head-turning, perspective-changing revival. And then poured it on late. Don’t look now, but the Spartans are continuing to put up big numbers on offense. Thorne threw three of his four touchdowns in the second half, and Walker ran for 172 yards on 27 carries and scored on a short pass as the Spartans beat Miami (Florida) on Saturday afternoon, 38-17, at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens.

MSU improves to 3-0 with 38-17 road win against No. 24 Miami Detroit News
My, my, how expectations can change. Just three weeks ago, before the season started, the notion of Michigan State walking into Miami and picking up a victory to move to 3-0 seemed far-fetched, at best. Yet there were the Spartans on Saturday at Hard Rock Stadium, overcoming a rash of penalties by making big play after big play down the stretch to knock off No. 24 Miami, 38-17, in front of a crowd of 46,427 that included a hefty amount of folks wearing green and white.

Michigan State football may have just notched a program-defining victory for Mel Tucker Detroit Free Press
According to Mel Tucker, program-defining moments are usually not seen in real time. Instead, they are realized in retrospect, when a larger sample size is gathered and a team can establish a track record of success. “That’s more so maybe a perception from the outside when you look back because I am not sure if I coached anywhere where we weren’t expected or the expectation wasn’t to win every game,” Tucker said Tuesday.

Michigan State Takes Down No. 24 Miami, 38-17 MSUSpartans.com
Kenneth Walker III rushed for 172 yards and Payton Thorne was 18-of-31 passing for 261 yards and four touchdowns as Michigan State topped No. 24 Miami, 38-17, on Saturday afternoon at Hard Rock Stadium. With the victory, Michigan State improved to 3-0 on the season for the first time since 2015.

Spartans force four turnovers in upset win over Miami State News
Michigan State faced its toughest test yet but did not back down in an energizing 38-17 smashing of the No. 24 Miami Hurricanes. Miami took the ball to start the game and found success driving down the field right away. However, redshirt senior quarterback D’Eriq King used his legs to scramble, coughed up the football and junior linebacker Quavarius Crouch fell on top of it.

Michigan State pulls away late for 38-17 upset win at Miami MLive.com
Michigan State went on the road with a chance to improve to 3-0 for the first time since 2015.The Spartans checked off the accomplishment while pulling off an upset. Payton Thorne threw four touchdown passes and Kenneth Walker III topped 100 yards on the ground to lead Michigan State to a 38-17 win at No. 24 Miami (1-2) on Saturday at Hard Rock Stadium.

 

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Michigan State and Miami are set to face off on Saturday at noon in the beautiful setting of Coral Gables, Florida. Despite high expectations for Miami and low expectations for the Spartans, the script has flipped heading into the matchup.The Miami Hurricane’s football writer Luke Chaney sat down to discuss his view on this big time matchup.

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2 days ago

Michigan State (2-0) is a hot team. With two wins to start the season, a 38-21 win over the defending Big Ten West champion Northwestern Wildcats and a dominant win over an FCS opponent in Youngstown State, there is a real buzz surrounding the team that has not existed since their peak in the early 2010s.

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3 days ago

The Michigan State Spartans (2-0) travel to South Florida to take on the No. 24-ranked Miami (FL) Hurricanes (1-1) in what is undoubtedly the toughest challenge yet of the young 2021 season for MSU. The game is set for a noon (Eastern Time) kickoff and will be broadcast nationally on ABC.

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Saturday is arguably the most intriguing matchup for the Michigan State Spartans thus far in 2021, as MSU heads south to take on the No. 24-ranked Miami (FL) Hurricanes at Hard Rock Stadium. The game kicks off at noon (Eastern Time) and can be watched nationally on ABC. To help us learn more about Miami’s 2021 squad, we spoke to Cam Underwood, a Michigan native, and the managing editor at State Of The U — SB Nation’s excellent website for in-depth coverage of the Miami Hurricanes.

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It’s almost time for Mel Tucker’s first non-conference road game as Michigan State’s head coach. Ahead of Saturday’s game at Miami (Fla.), we got in touch with Gaby Urrutia, who covers the Hurricanes for InsideTheU.com, the Miami site on the 247Sports network, to get a deeper look at the ‘Canes.

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The Michigan State Spartans square off with the Miami (FL) Hurricanes at noon on Saturday. Let’s break down the 3-2-1 preview for the matchup: three things we want to see, two key stats, and one best bet.

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4 days ago

The Michigan State Spartans take a 2-0 record down to the Sunshine State for its first true test of the season. The Spartans will face a top-25 Miami (FL) Hurricanes team that has struggled a bit out of the gate but remains a pretty solid squad. This is part of a home-home series that has been on the books for a while (although the 2020 matchup in East Lansing was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and a makeup date has not yet been announced), and it is going to be interesting to see how Mel Tucker’s team performs in a true hostile road environment. Let’s get to know “The U.”

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“There’s been some good and definitely some things to work on,” Thorne said. “Obviously, we’re 2-0 so that is a positive and that’s what I’m most concerned about. A lot of areas to improve still and definitely looking to grow in some areas.”

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5 days ago

The schools last met in 1989, in which the Spartans entered the game as a massive underdog despite having a talented roster and playing on home soil. Miami at the time was a perennial powerhouse and closing out one of the most successful decades of any team ever — winning two national titles in the previous six years and eventually a third championship in 1989.

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The Spartans’ sophomore recorded his first sack and his first tackle for loss in the Spartans’ win over the Penguins. Pietrowski finished the game with 1.5 tackles for loss, a sack, a quarterback hurry and four tackles as part of a strong Michigan State defensive effort.

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Michigan State brings a 2-0 record into its matchup at No. 24 Miami on Saturday, Sept. 18 at noon in Hard Rock Stadium. The game will be televised nationally on ABC, with Joe Tessitore (play-by-play), Greg McElroy (analyst), and Katie George (sidelines) on the call. The Hurricanes are 1-1 following a home-opening victory over Appalachian State last Saturday, 25-23. MSU won at Northwestern, 38-21, in the season opener and topped Youngstown State, 42-14, in Spartan Stadium in Week 2.

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Every week throughout the NFL season, we check in on Michigan State products playing at the highest level. While MSU’s 80-year draft streak was snapped this year, there were still more than a dozen Spartans on active rosters on opening day of the 2021 season.

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As Michigan State gets set to hit the road again on Saturday, it will be a bit shorthanded. Coach Mel Tucker wasn’t offering a ton of specifics, but it appears the Spartans will be without running back Elijah Collins and defensive end Itayvion Brown when they head to No. 24 Miami for a noon kickoff, and they could be without defensive ends Drew Beesley and Drew Jordan.

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The air is expected to be thick. The temperature could touch 90 degrees. Standard weather this time of year in South Florida, where Michigan State football will face the Miami Hurricanes at high noon on Saturday. So, Mel Tucker cranked up the thermostat at Michigan State’s indoor facility to simulate the toasty environment inside of Hard Rock Stadium.

Source: Detroit Free Press

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