After trailing the entire game and perhaps looking at their first loss of the season, the Spartans recovered a bobbled punt by Michigan punter, Blake O’Neil to score a touchdown to win 27-23 on the last play of the game. The Spartans hung around in this one to be in a position to win it. Some may call it luck. Maybe or maybe not call it that. I was always told that luck is the result of being prepared for a situation when the opportunity presents itself. Sophomore safety, Jalen Watts-Jackson happened to be in that position to be the hero today. It’s kind of bittersweet for him as he was injured on the play in the end zone.
“This is something you tell your grandkids about. I’m at a loss for words,” said Michigan State freshman safety Grayson Miller, who came flying in to hit O’Neill as he scrambled to pick up the bobbled snap.
The majority of the national sports media as well as the local ones, predicted Michigan State would fall to the Wolverines in this one, but the Spartans did what they have done so far this season; find a way to somehow win the game. What is very apparent is that the Spartans have yet to play what they consider a perfect game where all facets are clicking (offense, defense and special teams) and also have a healthy team to do it. The Spartans play Indiana at home next Saturday, then will have two weeks to heal. No matter how you call this one, the bottom line is: at the end of the day, Sparty is still unbeaten at 7-0 and tied with Ohio State for first place in the East Division of the Big 10 and will still probably be ranked in the top ten in the polls.
It appears once again that #MSU football is getting no respect when compare with U of M. The Wolverines are a 7-point favorite in Saturday’s annual rivalry game. It doesn’t matter that Sparty has won 6 of the last seven meetings against the Wolverines. The “little brother” tag is once again being labeled on MSU, which really riles Coach #Mark Dantonio. This has fueled the motivation in MSU in this rivalry and the Spartans carry it as a chip on their shoulder. In addition to this, Michigan has received all kinds of hype since Jim Harbaugh was named head coach. It seems every interview involving Coach Dantonio, Harbaugh’s name comes up, which only adds more fuel to the fire. I think this is what MSU thrives on……being disrespected!!!!
The injury bug continues to hit the Spartans after this week’s game with Rutgers. How many injuries can this team take? One of the top running backs is out (Madre London) with an ankle injury, as a result, the redshirt was taken off Delton Williams, which may a blessing in disguise. He is an experienced back and is itching to play. Jack Allen goes out as does Darian Hicks. These guys are very valuable players on this team; star players to be exact! What’s been very good in all of the injuries is that the team keeps winning. It doesn’t seem to matter how. They just seem to make the big play when needed to win the game. They’re not getting style points, but, at the end of the day a win is a win. It doesn’t matter if you win 10-9 or 60-0, a win is a win!! That bodes well as the season progresses in terms of the mindset. If you believe you can win no matter what, that makes a big difference.
#MSU survived another close game against Rutgers, pulling this one out with a little over 40 seconds left in the game. The team is clearly not playing consistent ball right now, barely beating teams they should be dominating. The injuries are starting to pile up with Madre London, Darian Hicks and Jack Allen injured in the game. The team is starting to look like a mash unit. The coaches said prior to the start of the season that the depth on this team was a strength. Well, that is surely being put to the test with all the injured starters. At this point in the season, it looks like Michigan is the stronger team. They are improving each week and have plenty of motivation and momentum coming into the next Saturday’s game; not to mention the advantage of over 100,000 plus fans rooting for them at the Big House. We can only hope this is the week the Spartans will finally put a complete game together. They will need it to beat the Wolverines next Saturday. We will see!!!!
Jim Comparoni runs a very informative website, Rivals.com and magazine called SpartanMag. They both thoroughly cover Michigan State football and basketball. He has historically provided very enlightening insight into both sports programs. I have maintained a membership on the web for years as well as subscribing to the magazine. This is an absolute must for avid Spartan fans.