The Michigan State Spartans held on to win a close one at Minnesota despite pretty much controlling the game. It’s a game that can be a learning experience for a young team that is playing beyond expectations coming into the season. The defense had been playing exceptional so far this season, seemed to let up to allow Minnesota to make a comeback.
Is how Michigan State’s defense finished at Minnesota anything to worry about?
Not yet. Not until you see it again. The Spartans’ defense was terrific into the fourth quarter Saturday. All the points MSU allowed through 50 minutes of football came after MSU turnovers, with Minnesota’s offense working on a short field. But it fell apart late for the Spartans, largely because of the mobility of Minnesota QB Demry Croft, who replaced Conor Rhoda and led the Gophers to three fourth-quarter touchdowns, two after long drives.
As the Big Ten season goes forward, the Spartans will play a role in who wins the Big 10 East Division.