With Ohio State, Michigan and now with rise to power by Penn State, the Eastern Division of the Big 10 has become undoubtedly one of the toughest and competitive divisions in college football. If Michigan State wants to stay in the mix with those teams, some hard work has to be done to restore what was built during Coach Mark Dantonio’s helm. Something drastic had to happen this year. A program that went 36-5 the previous three years doesn’t suddenly fall to 3-9 without some internal issues. With that track record, Dantonio and his staff deserve the right to fix it.
Michigan State quarterback Damion Terry got his first start Saturday against Penn State and was impressive. He brings a running dimension to the position that Tyler O’Connor could not and it has been unfortunate that he was never given an opportunity to be given the keys to the offense and start a game. The unfortunate part of this is the fact that he has been injured to some degree his entire career at MSU. Some fans may wonder if he has what in boxing terms a “glass jaw”. Can he stay healthy enough to make it an entire season.
Well, the 2017 season starts now for the Spartans and the quarterback position will be up for grabs with Terry, Brian Lewerke, Messiah deWeaver and incoming freshman Rocky Lombardi. It seems that Lewerke would be the choice based on his play this season before he got hurt and was lost for the season. The Spartans have an number of areas to chore up for next season, but the QB position is number one
Michigan State has lost five straight games for the first time since 1991, and a failure of leadership is a big reason why.
The way this season is unfolding, it is very apparent that this is not the way the Michigan State football team and its fans thought it would be. After five games and their record is 2-3 with two conference losses, one of them to Indiana and two beat downs at home! Are you kidding me? The season hinges on a victory for the Spartans on homecoming weekend. A turnaround is needed starting Saturday to salvage the season. Looking at the remaining schedule, the best this team could get to is 7-5. This is a big drop from last years’ championship season!
The Michigan State Spartans built a 29-point lead halfway into the third quarter and seemingly had a comfortable lead and the makings of a blowout victory over Notre Dame. However, the Irish came back with 21 unanswered points to make it tight down the stretch. With the Irish driving with approximately 3 1/2 minutes left, Coach Kelly elected to punt on fourth and seven. The Irish never got the ball again. My assumption is that with his defense playing inspired football, they would hold the Spartans and they would have enough time to mount a game winning drive. He will be second-guessed on that decision.
The Spartans for the most part, played a very good game on both sides of the ball. The offense gained over 500 yards with a ground game that provided 260 yards and pretty much controlled the game. Defense held the Irish in check for three-quarters and gave the offense the chance create a big lead at 36 – 7 before the Irish made it close at the end at 36-28.
The Spartans next game is next Saturday at Spartan Stadium against Wisconsin.