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Yes, the defense technically let up 24 points in the first half, but 17 of those points came after three Michigan State turnovers that gave Indiana the ball in MSU territory. They held Indiana’s run game to a pedestrian 113 yards on 39 carries, Antjuan Simmons racked up 14 tackles and Shakur Brown got two takeaways. They were good on Saturday.

Source: The Only Colors

1 week ago

Here are the Michigan State football players who helped or hurt their stock in the Spartans’ 24-0 loss to No. 10 Indiana on Saturday

Source: Detroit Free Press

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“We need to play football.” Mel Tucker’s words, plain and to the point, summed up where the Michigan State football program stands at the midpoint of his first season. He already has experienced the unexpected emotional high of beating Michigan as a big underdog. He also has witnessed three humbling defeats, in which the Spartans’ offense went from functional to frustrating to nonexistent

Source: Detroit Free Press

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MSU’s 73.8 yards per game on the ground ranks 121st out of 124 Football Bowl Subdivision teams playing this fall. The Spartans used four running backs who combined for 46 yards on 14 carries against Indiana, and the team finished with 60 total yards rushing after gaining just 59 yards at Iowa and 50 against Rutgers. The outlier was the 126 yards at Michigan.

Source: Detroit Free Press

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Spartans Fall to No. 10 Indiana Michigan State Athletics
No. 10 Indiana defeated Michigan State, 24-0, on Saturday in Spartan Stadium. Indiana (4-0) quarterback Michael Penix Jr. threw for 320 yards and hit Ty Fryfogle for two touchdown passes as IU scored all of its points in the first half.

Michigan State falls to Indiana as turnover problems persist Spartan Tailgate
Wearing block S logos on their helmets in a tribute to former head coach George Perles, the Spartans were blanked 24-0 for their first home shutout loss since the Perles era. Turnovers were a problem again for MSU, as they were in losses to Rutgers and Iowa, as the Spartans gave the ball away four times, which turned into 17 Hoosier points.

Turnovers torpedo Michigan State in 24-0 defeat to No. 10 Indiana Detroit News
For the past week, Mel Tucker has been preaching consistency. Michigan State’s first-year coach had yet to see it from his team through the first three weeks and was desperately seeking some form of it on Saturday against No. 10 Indiana. Well, the Spartans were consistent, all right, however, it was hardly the sort of consistency Tucker was looking for.

Michigan State football reaches crisis after lifeless 24-0 loss to Indiana Detroit Free Press
It is a crisis point for Mel Tucker and Michigan State football. A defense worsening as injuries continue to mound. An offense enduring turnover after turnover, coupled with inability to run the ball consistently. Add to it a quarterback controversy as the Spartans hit the midpoint of their schedule.

Couch: 3 quick takes on Michigan State’s 24-0 drubbing by Indiana Lansing State Journal
When Rocky Lombardi threw his second bad interception of the first half Saturday, Michigan State didn’t have a choice. It had to make a change at quarterback. Lombardi, for the second straight week, wasn’t giving MSU a chance. Redshirt freshman Payton Thorne’s elusiveness in the pocket and quick feet gave the Spartans a jolt here and there

MSU Football shutout at home for first time since 1985 in ugly loss vs. Indiana Spartans Wire
For a second straight week, Michigan State football found themselves on the wrong end of a blowout, this time a shutout against No. 10 Indiana, 24-0. It was the first time the Spartans were shutout at home since 1985.

The most disappointing part of Michigan State football’s loss to Indiana Detroit Free Press
It was the Spartans’ mistakes and self-destructive behavior. They couldn’t get out of their own way. The Spartans were unable to tuck the ball and protect it — perhaps the most fundamental aspect of offensive football. And the Spartans fumbled three times in the first half, losing one of them.

Michigan State falls to Indiana in shutout fashion, 24-0 The Only Colors
The Spartans entered the day hoping to slow down Michael Penix, Jr. and the high-powered Indiana Hoosier offense. But, miscues and a lack of execution continued to be a problem for the Spartans, who were shutout by the Hoosiers, 24-0. The Spartan offense was once again offensive, amassing only 191 total yards, nine first down, and just over 20 minutes of possession. The Spartans also committed a total of four turnovers.

Turning point, unsung hero from Michigan State football’s 24-0 loss to Indiana Lansing State Journal
Despite Indiana dominating in the total yards department, the Michigan State football team was still in the game early in the second quarter after Shakur Brown’s interception in the end zone kept the score 14-0 with 11:53 left. But on MSU’s first play, Rocky Lombardi threw into double coverage and was picked off by the Hoosiers’ Tiawan Mullen for the second time in the game.

Michigan State blanked by Indiana for first home shutout since 1985 MLive.com
Make that back-to-back blowout losses. Michigan State (1-3) followed a 49-7 beatdown at Iowa last week with a 24-0 loss against No. 10 Indiana (4-0) on Saturday at Spartan Stadium. It was the first time the Spartans were shut out at home since a 31-0 defeat to Michigan on Oct. 12, 1985.

2 weeks ago

2021 MSU commit Kevin Wigenton joins Corey & Justin for an in-depth, 30+ min interview in which he discusses a wide array of topics. The NJ OL dives into his recruitment, what makes Coach Chris Kapilovic and Coach Mel Tucker different than other coaches, how much film he watches in his spare time, his conversation with Tom Izzo, the basketball super-class with Emoni Bates, and who he wants to see MSU add to its 2021 recruiting class.

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When Mel Tucker studies an opponent, he watches their plays sequentially, not hopping around to various cutups of different looks or situations. By going from start to finish in order, he can gain a sense of the flow of the game, he can assess a team’s mental toughness and its ability to overcome mistakes, things that don’t pop out of a printed statistical breakdown.

Source: Spartan Tailgate

2 weeks ago

We have eclipsed the first Friday in November, in what may be the wildest year high school football has ever seen. Some of Michigan State’s commits are still in their regular season, while others are competing in their state playoffs.

Source: Spartans Wire

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Press Quarters Podcast · Press Quarters Podcast – 2020: Indiana Week Final Mix
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On this week’s film room podcast, Nate and Phil evaluate MSU’s performance on the offensive and defensive lines before breaking down Indiana.

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The first tweak to Michigan State’s uniforms under Mel Tucker is a minor one and a nod to the past. The program on Thursday released a video with the caption “A tribute to Coach Perles” to unveil green helmets with the old block “S” logo to be worn this Saturday at home against Indiana.

Source: Spartan Tailgate

2 weeks ago

Last week went, well let’s forget about last week. On to this week where the Spartans host top-10 Indiana Hoosiers. Wait, that can’t be right…top-ten Indiana?! The Hoosiers have been the surprise of the Big Ten and maybe all of college football so far in this abbreviated Big Ten season and come in undefeated. Let’s get to know them a little better.

Source: The Only Colors

2 weeks ago

It didn’t take long for Jalen Nailor to show big-play potential. The wide receiver was a true freshman in 2018 when he recorded Michigan State’s longest reception and second-longest run of the season. However, injuries limited him to only 12 games over his first two seasons, including a broken foot that sidelined him for more than two months last year.

Source: mlive.com

2 weeks ago

Since Tucker’s arrival, only two Michigan State players have explored transfers — Australian punter Jack Bouwmeester and receiver Jalen Allen, a preferred walk-on. More amazing is the fact that Tucker persuaded running back Connor Heyward to return to the team after he bailed on the Spartans last September. The stability Tucker has cultivated is welcomed during a year that has been chaotic with the onset of a pandemic that has impeded the Spartans’ transition away from Dantonio’s regime.

Source: Detroit Free Press

2 weeks ago

The first three games of coach Mel Tucker’s tenure at Michigan State (1-2) have swung wildly and No. 10 Indiana (3-0) is coming to East Lansing on Saturday (noon, ABC). “What we’re looking for and what we need is consistency in performance,” Tucker said during a videoconference on Tuesday. “You want to be successful, you have to be consistent on a day-to-day basis. Consistency comes from doing what you’re supposed to do, the way you’re supposed to do it and understanding why it’s important to do it that way day in and day out. That’s what we’re working towards.

Source: mlive.com

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Antjuan Simmons trotted gingerly on and off the field, in and out of Michigan State football’s defense on Saturday. The tenuous health of the Spartans’ star senior showed just how precariously thin they are at linebacker beyond him. Junior Noah Harvey and sophomore Chase Kline got the bulk of the reps when Simmons was on the sideline during MSU’s 49-7 loss at Iowa.

Source: Detroit Free Press

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“You have to be at your best with technique and fundamentals,” Tucker said. “That’s how you gain consistency and performance. So, that’s the main thing I took from the Iowa tape. Offense, defense and special teams, we need to improve in the areas of technique and fundamentals. You can never get bored with the fundamentals, and that is in all three phases.”

Source: Detroit News

2 weeks ago

Michigan State will look for its fourth straight win over Indiana as the Spartans take on the No. 10/10 Hoosiers Saturday, Nov. 14 at noon in Spartan Stadium. The game will be broadcast nationally on ABC, with Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy and Holly Rowe on the call.

Source: Michigan State University Athletics

2 weeks ago

Mistakes, there were many. This was not hard for Mel Tucker to see. Across the board. The rewatch of the game film of Michigan State football’s 49-7 loss at Iowa did not hide just how poorly the Spartans played, and it told Tucker exactly why the score got so lopsided.

Source: Detroit Free Press

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