EAST LANSING — Michigan State really ought to be ahead more than 10-3 over Iowa at the half. And that’s not just because of the John L. Smith-like botched last-second field goal attempt at the end of the second quarter.
Let’s start there, however. There never should’ve been a question that this was a run-to-the-line-and-spike situation. Not a rush-the-field-goal-unit-on deal. That there was confusion on this, to me, is amazing. It drives me nuts when coaches screw up logical situations that every fan and reporter can see and then, sometimes, act like the sport is too technical for us to understand.
If Andrew Maxwell just stays off the field in the final seconds, Le’Veon Bell might have been able to snap it and spike it in time.
Beyond that, MSU’s defense has done enough for this game to be 17-3 or so. It’s coming with big stops and turnovers. Denicos Allen has played his best half of the season. That said, Iowa is a horrible offense, sort of a poor man’s version of MSU right now. Fewer weapons and even less creativity.
The Spartans should get Aaron Burbridge more involved. He’s got two catches for 58 yards. He’s smooth with the ball in his hands and has a second gear that others don’t. He should be targeted once a series.
Colleague Chris Solari right now is watching the YouTube clip of John L. Smith’s 2005 halftime meltdown at Ohio State. Still priceless.