The defense continued its strong play, holding Michigan State to only 94 passing yards for the game and only two first downs in the second half.
Michigan's 14-10 loss at home to Michigan State dropped the Wolverines out of the top 10, all the way to no. 17 in the AP poll - and to no. 16 in the Amway Coaches poll. Their O/U trends are now 1-6 in their last 7 games on field-turf, 1-4 in their last 5 games overall, conference games, and following a win, and 3-8 in their last 11 games against a team with a winning record. His loss of confidence during the game, which was painful to watch, makes it hard to see how Jim Harbaugh can send him back out next week against Indiana.
Oh yeah, and the Spartans did all of this without top running back LJ Scott. They had no problem knocking off OR last night, and very much look ready to win the PAC-12. In fact, MI has never played in a Big Ten Championship Game, even though it's been in existence for six years.
Im not going to get into questioning the play-calling, Harbaugh said. I'd keep an eye on the Cougars as we go down the stretch.
Which players stood out for you this week? Had a different play call?'
But add in the fact the pass protection has been outstanding - Lewerke has been sacked just six times this season and not once against Michigan - and Michigan State believes it's making progress up front while knowing it must come quickly.
But after running the ball fairly well and utilizing short passes over the middle to get to the 11-yard line, MI abandoned everything that got them there and went with a play that hasn't worked all season.
MSU wasn't able to score any points off Michigan's three second-half turnovers, but it cut short three possible drives that may have netted the Wolverines points. In particular, Harbaugh was upset about a controversial fourth down play where the officials gave J.T. Barrett a first down that kept the game alive for the Buckeyes. We study a lot of film, which makes the game easier. "I think that's what people do".
"We ran the ball and we said we had to stay ahead of the chains", coach Mark Dantonio said. "If you ran it and it didn't work, then, "Hey, it would have been better to throw it". and you would have been right". Their O/U is 1-5 in their last 6 games following a loss, 6-2 in their last 8 conference games, and 5-2 in their last 7 games following an ATS loss.