Michigan State has a great defense. There’s no disputing that, but how far can they get with only half a team? On Saturday afternoon, Michigan State scratched and clawed its way to a 17-13 loss to Notre Dame. You can see all the stats on ESPN.com, but this about more than the numbers.
Make no mistake, Notre Dame was not much better on the offensive end, but when it came to making critical plays, the Spartans were much worse. The quarterbacks combined to go 16-36 passing for 135 yards. That included one beautiful throw for a touchdown.
Michigan State also had 119 yards on 35 tough carries, but just when they were asserting their dominance in the second half, the coaches call a halfback option pass. The running back threw it into triple coverage and the play resulted in an interception.
It’s like the coaching staff wanted to sabotage the game. However, it wasn’t only the coaches. Michigan state mustered up 115 yards in penalties. If they were special on offense, these penalties wouldn’t matter one iota. But, this is Michigan State we’re talking about.
So here we are on Saturday night, thinking that Notre Dame is a bunch of winners and the Spartans are a bunch of losers. What a difference a couple field goals would have made. With that said kudos to Notre Dame for winning and keeping their BCS hopes alive.
Note: Tommy Rees was 14/34 passing for 142 yards passing and one touchdown.