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MSU football: Indiana game thread

OK, here’s the deal. We’re about 10 minutes from kickoff in Bloomington. Brian and I are going to be ducking in and out of here and Twitter during the MSU-Indiana game from mid-Michigan. Consider this your sports bar from your couch … but it’s BYOB and we’re your hosts. Let’s make this an interactive conversation and see how it goes.

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218 Responses to MSU football: Indiana game thread

  1. avatar Chris Solari says:

    Per Rexrode: FB Niko Palazeti (ankle), OT Michael Dennis (knee) and DT Tyler Hoover (calf) all are out today.

    • avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

      So what is the Cracker doing @IU? did he contribute anything during the game? fracking waste of money and oxygen.

  2. avatar Chris Solari says:

    Also, Jack Allen slides over to start at C, with Blake Treadwell at LG. Kind of expected that – staff raved about Allen and started him in four of the five games. Ethan Ruhland is the odd man out here, but expect some rotation – especially if MSU goes up big.

  3. avatar Brian Calloway says:

    Indiana starting with the ball

  4. avatar Chris Solari says:

    Hoosiers come out in a hurry-up set. And Coffman attacks Adams for a big gain on a deep post. He’s been ID’ed by oppponents as a soft spot in the secondary.

  5. avatar Chris Solari says:

    Coffman to Houston on a screen pass. Hoosiers need just 1:17 to score a touchdown. Indiana carved apart MSU’s defense on that drive. Spartans did not look ready for that hurry-up.

  6. avatar Brian Calloway says:

    Coffman 5 of 6 on that opening drive for 71 yards. 6 of 7 plays were through the air for the Hoosiers

  7. avatar Brian Calloway says:

    Spartans three and out on first drive

  8. avatar Brian Calloway says:

    Indiana goes three and out. Kurtis Drummond shaken up on that last play

    • avatar Chris Solari says:

      Drummond looked good last week against Ohio State. Both he and Jairus Jones keep battling for that free safety spot, and you can see why – both have played well early on this season.

  9. avatar jerseyjohn says:

    isaih lewis is an out of control animal..they really need to put a leash on him..last week he took out gholston.now he injures drummond..we all know what he did in the big ten championship game..

    • avatar Chris Solari says:

      I think the bigger concern is Adams’ struggles in coverage. Lewis just emulates Polamalu-style shoulder tackling, like every other safety in college and pro football these days. Tackling fundamentals have vanished.

  10. avatar Chris Solari says:

    A second three-and out. MSU’s offense looks completely discombobulated.

  11. avatar mike says:

    Drummond has been solid all year

  12. avatar Brian Calloway says:

    Maxwell sacked as MSU has another three and out. A personal foul on MSU following the punt gives Indiana better field position to start the drive.

  13. avatar mike says:

    Should have been no media availability for this game, where is the focus and hunger

  14. avatar Brian Calloway says:

    A pair of 15-yard penalties hamper MSU on this drive. Indiana likely attempting a field goal on this 4th and 2

  15. avatar Chris Solari says:

    Hoosiers are looking at a fourth and two, call a timeout. Well within field goal range.

  16. avatar Brian Calloway says:

    Mitch Ewald makes 32-yard field goal. Hoosiers lead 10-0 with 6:25 left in the 1st quarter

  17. avatar Chris Solari says:

    Maxwell targets Burbridge deep, but DB was stride-for-stride with him. Good coverage, but the freshman showed some speed to get downfield fast.

  18. avatar Brian Calloway says:

    MSU picks up its first 1st down but doesn’t get much more on that drive. They took a shot deep to Burbridge but pass was incomplete

  19. avatar Chris Solari says:

    That’s THREE 15-yard penalties for MSU. Think the refs weren’t informed about that after the OSU video? Another win for Urban Meyer.

  20. avatar Brian Calloway says:

    And MSU has another 15-yard penalty – this one on Mumphery. Penalties killing them early here

  21. avatar Brian Calloway says:

    Andrew Maxwell is 2 of 5 passing for 6 yards through MSU’s first three drives. Le’Veon Bell has 6 carries for 19 yards.

  22. avatar Chris Solari says:

    BTN says Dion Sims’ status to return is questionable. Isaiah Lewis also now down injured.

  23. avatar Brian Calloway says:

    Roughing the kicker on MSU. Spartans now have 60 yards in penalties and we still have 2:25 left in the 1st quarter

  24. avatar Brian Calloway says:

    Indiana back in the red zone after long pass play to Kofi Hughes. On next play IU recovers own fumble

  25. avatar Brian Calloway says:

    Johnny Adams beat by Ted Bolser on that 21-yard TD. 1:38 left in 1st quarter and Indiana leads 17-0

  26. avatar Chris Solari says:

    Four personal foul penalties. 17-0 Hoosiers now thanks to the roughing the punter penalty. We’re not even through the first quarter. Things are going to get ugly.

  27. avatar Brian Calloway says:

    One quarter is in the books and Indiana leads 17-0.

  28. avatar Jimbob says:

    I will not waste one more second this year, foloowing MSU football. I’ve seen enough! O-line – average at best. D – line rates a “D”. Receivers – “F”

    Play calling – “D” And, I’m sorry – a blind defender could tell where Maxwell is going with the ball every play

    JimBob ’75

  29. avatar jerseyjohn says:

    why does caper always stop nick hill when the kickoff is only 2 yards deep..that may be our only chance to score..gotta blame the coaches.

  30. avatar Brian Calloway says:

    Indiana with 182 yards of offense, while MSU had 49 in the 1st quarter.

  31. avatar Chris Solari says:

    Well, Burbridge looks like he’s got some hands. Other than that, there isn’t one positive from MSU’s first quarter. This game is reminding me of the 2006 Northwestern game – and this team doesn’t have the firepower to come back from a huge deficit like that game.

  32. avatar MSUFanInSLC says:

    Looks like another game we didn’t show up ready and prepared. Maxwell looks real bad can’t get off recievers that are obviously not open.

  33. avatar mysondave says:

    Am I missing something….wasn’t Adams supposed to be a future NFL player and certainly 1st string All BIG.

    • avatar Chris Solari says:

      Allegedly. I can recall Montana State a few years ago attacking him with success. It’s like he regressed from last year considerably.

  34. avatar MSUFanInSLC says:

    Very disappointed with this offensive line. We can’t out physical Indiana how sad.

    • avatar Chris Solari says:

      Tough to get down on a group that’s 3/5 of what it was, plus with the Treadwell injury in camp delaying his participation. But we’re seeing the difference between depth and quality depth.

      • avatar MSUFanInSLC says:

        Not sure they were playing this poorly before injuries…. But injuries for sure don’t help. Also, it’s not like we have to play freshmen. These guys have been around at least a year or 2. I just feel like we should be better there.

  35. avatar Brian Calloway says:

    And MSU is in the red zone after Keith Mumphery makes a catch at the 10-yard line. Play being reviewed

  36. avatar MSUFanInSLC says:

    Congrats to the offensive line for finally being able to block a 4 man rush.

  37. avatar Brian Calloway says:

    Le’Veon Bell with his sixth TD of the season – a 2-yard run. Indiana 17, MSU 7. 10:40 left in 2nd quarter

  38. avatar Chris Solari says:

    Touchdown Le’Veon Bell, 17-7 Hoosiers with 10:40 left in first half. Spartans showed some urgency on that drive, including some nice catches from Burbridge, Lippett and Mumphery. We may be starting to see their top 3 WRs emerge.

  39. avatar Jimbob says:

    Enjoy the game. I’m taking a walk with my golden receiver!

  40. avatar Brian Calloway says:

    Marcus Rush with his first sack of the season. It’s the fifth of the season for MSU, which goes on to force Indiana to punt.

  41. avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

    Wow, you guys are pumping up the numbers pretty good, wish the doofus btn announcer would understand that Sparty never sees any playing time.

    11 am game time, took a while to get waked up, but now IU has awakened the sleepers.

  42. avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

    Well Burbridge is showing the way, and the WR’s are all catching balls. Muphries catch on the TD drive was terrific.

    Agent 86 to Caper!

  43. avatar MSUFanInSLC says:

    They definetly look more alive… Lookking good now.. Got to keep playing…

  44. avatar Chris Solari says:

    Someone criticize Roushar right now. I dare you. Play-action fake, fake reverse, Maxwell to Caper makes it 17-14 Indiana. First fake to Bell, second fake to Fowler – he lined up in slot, with Caper lined up wide at WR.

  45. avatar MSUFanInSLC says:

    Looks like Roushar has made some nice adjustments. Or maybe players executing better.

  46. avatar Chris Solari says:

    TD Hoosiers, and another personal foul on the Spartans – their sixth of the game. That’s 90 yards. In less than a half.

  47. avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

    Called the onside kick here at home, really?

    • avatar Chris Solari says:

      Attack the wounded animal. That’s fantastic playcalling.

    • avatar '89 Chemistry says:

      After the personal foul the KO moved to the 50. Even if IU doesn’t recover, the ball’s around the MSU 40 with 85 seconds left. Up on the Spartans at Homecoming. Definitely the right call–and MSU should’ve seen it coming.

  48. avatar Brian Calloway says:

    Onside kick by Indiana – and they recover

  49. avatar MSUFanInSLC says:

    Adams beat again… Maybe we shouldnt leave him on his own so much.

    • avatar Chris Solari says:

      Either he’s regressed, or teams started watching film of him from his freshman and sophomore years and realized he can be beaten.

  50. avatar Spartan 81 says:

    Disapointed

  51. avatar Spartan 81 says:

    Chris Adams =flowers for Algernon

  52. avatar Chris Solari says:

    132 left, Indiana FT makes it 27-14 Hoosiers. MSU already has more than 100 yards in penalties.

    • avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

      Chris that wasn’t the call there, screen pass with 9 to go, that’s a get me to half time call, not a get the 1st down call.

      • avatar Chris Solari says:

        Totally agree. That and a don’t turn the ball over call, which was covered well enough that it could have been with one big hit on Mumphery.

  53. avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

    Another moral victory to save 4 points. Half (or have) time adjustments are going to be what makes or breaks this season.

  54. avatar MSUFanInSLC says:

    We need to get a score before half.

  55. avatar Spartan 81 says:

    Need to regroup at half and pitch a defensive shutout

  56. avatar Jimbob says:

    My dog and I had a good walk.
    Cheer up! It’s only a month and a half to Izzo season!

  57. avatar Brian Calloway says:

    Its halftime and Indiana leads 27-14

  58. avatar Chris Solari says:

    HALFTIME: Indiana 27, MSU 14. It’s the Hoosiers’ first halftime lead in the Big Ten since Oct. 29, 2009 vs. Northwestern. Spartans get the second-half kickoff.

  59. avatar Brian Calloway says:

    MSU leaders: Maxwell was 11-16 for 113 yards and a TD . Bell had 13 carries for 52 yards. Burbridge with 3 catches for 38 yards.

  60. avatar mike says:

    Wheres that sec defense I kept hearing about?

  61. avatar Chris Solari says:

    First Downs – IU 18, MSU 9; Rushing Yds – IU 108, MSU 53; Passing Yds – IU 256, MSU 113; Total Yds – IU 364, MSU 166.

  62. avatar Green&White says:

    Sorry fans, this year is over. Let’s look forward to a great year of hoops and hopefully some answers for next year’s football team. This is the most disappointing team MSU has put in front of us fans in quite a few years. I really didn’t expect the top 10 hype to pan out, but I also didn’t expect them to be this utterly perplexing and incompetent. Barely survived EMU and now getting destroyed by Indiana…this is a dark day for MSU football and will definitely hurt recruiting for this program. Need to see some accountability somewhere and some answers from the coach, not walking away from post games IMO.

    • avatar Breadtruck86 says:

      How are you feeling after the game?

    • avatar Breadtruck86 says:

      I like the format, guys. It helps you re-live the game afterwards.

      I left the game at halftime to go get some tires for the truck, and was able to listen on the radio. Sounds like Burbridge is living up to the hype- We can really use another offensive weapon. It seems like his presence, and his ability to catch the ball, started rubbing off on the other receivers today, who really made some plays.
      Although there’s a lot to be unhappy about with this game, at the end of the day the Spartans avoided a disaster. Compared to how I was feeling two hours ago, I’ll take it.

  63. avatar Spartan 81 says:

    Marine, this one wont be decided when I have to get in the car at 230 can I put you on speaker phone in the car for the fourth quarter

  64. avatar MGoBlow says:

    We’ll see if Coach Perles . . . I mean, Dantonio make any adjustments for the 2nd half.

    • avatar Chris Solari says:

      Those personal foul calls are eerily reminiscent of the Perles era.

      • avatar MGoBlow says:

        So is the inability to make adjustments or have your team ready to play. This team has reminded me of the 2009 team since the beginning of the year, unfortunately. It just seems like a bunch of individuals – no team.

        • avatar Chris Solari says:

          When you have a true horse like Bell, you want and need to ride him. But there has to be secondary pieces to keep teams honest – that’s where MSU has struggled in development so far.

          • avatar MGoBlow says:

            Completely agree & where is the deep roster that MD & co keep spouting about – another reason this team reminds me of the bad old days is the drop off in talent when injuries happen. A couple of injuries & we can’t handle IU in football – seriously pathetic. Players make plays, but when they get hurt & U have 2nd stringers starting – U might have to out scheme your opponent which we can see in this game that this coaching staff can’t get it done. Simple is great when your team is physically far superior, but U earn your money as a coach when U win games that U shouldn’t win on paper – MD never beats teams where vegas has him as a dog = overrated coach. I think he has done a very good job as MSU coach, but I think we were as good as his program will ever get last year, but boy do I hope I’m wrong b/c we are stuck him for a while, just like we were stuck w/ Perles & I hope it turns out better than that ending!

  65. avatar Chris Solari says:

    And the Big Ten Network feed is frozen/down.

  66. avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

    Burbridge is all that!

  67. avatar Chris Solari says:

    That first down was all Bell. Had to go for that on that spot of the field.

    • avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

      Incidentally Chris, Hey Joe always went with a halftime post so that this thing didn’t get too long, but then he was at those games, notice we got nothing from the Cracker. Mac level reporter

      • avatar Chris Solari says:

        I thought about putting up a new post for the second half, but wanted the dialogue to continue in one spot. This was sort of an impromptu idea – hopefully it was a good experiment.

  68. avatar Chris Solari says:

    Conroy 46-yard FG makes it Indiana 27-17 with 10:13 left in third quarter. Spartans open second half with three points, now must show adjustments to stop Indiana’s passing attack.

  69. avatar Brian Calloway says:

    MSU draws closer after Dan Conroy 46-yard field goal.

  70. avatar Brian Calloway says:

    A big three and out for the MSU defense on Indiana’s opening series of the second half.

  71. avatar Ghost of Biggie says:

    Not frozen here in Northern Mi. On DirecTV. After first half maybe should be off the air. Very forgettable. When the WR finally show up cry thing else goes away.

  72. avatar Chris Solari says:

    Burbridge provides MSU with a vertical threat they’ve been missing. Great throw from Maxwell, you can see there’s some chemistry there.

  73. avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

    Gotta put it in the end zone this possession.

  74. avatar Brian Calloway says:

    Dion Sims shown out of uniform on sideline and with a boot and crutches. Big loss for MSU

  75. avatar Chris Solari says:

    MSU stops Indiana at midfield with just over 2 minutes left in third quarter. Spartans trailing Hoosiers, 27-17 and take over at their own 20 after a punt touchback.

  76. avatar Chris Solari says:

    END THIRD QUARTER: Indiana 27, MSU 17

  77. avatar Brian Calloway says:

    MSU holds Indiana scoreless but only manages that Conroy field goal in the third quarter. Spartans trail by 10. Indiana 15 minutes away from getting their first Big Ten win under second-year coach Kevin Wilson

  78. avatar Chris Solari says:

    Spartans have the ball first and goal the Indiana 1 yard line after Bell gets a first down on a fourth-and-1 run. Aaron Burbridge has played like a senior on this drive.

    • avatar Chris Solari says:

      Bell bounces around left side of pile and walks into end zone. MSU pulls within 27-24 of Indiana with 7:49 to play.

  79. avatar Brian Calloway says:

    MSU really shutting down Indiana in this second half. That’s another three and out. Coffman has just 21 passing yards in 2nd half

  80. avatar Chris Solari says:

    MSU holds Indiana to a three-and-out in just 20 seconds. Spartans take over at their 48 after a shaky Hoosiers punt. 7:29 to play in game.

  81. avatar Chris Solari says:

    36-yard TD pass from Maxwell to Bennie Fowler. he slipped two ankle tackle attempts to get to the end zone. MSU finally gets a lead 31-27 with 6:35 to play.

  82. avatar Brian Calloway says:

    Fowler with the go-ahead TD to give MSU its first lead of the game with 6:35 left. The way the defense is playing, it’s hard to see Indiana being able to muster something on offense

  83. avatar Chris Solari says:

    FINAL SCORE: MSU 31, Indiana 27. Spartans improve to 4-2, 1-1 in the Big Ten. MSU scored 17 unanswered points and shut out the Hoosiers in the second half.

  84. avatar ATLSpartan says:

    The big issue with this team is the offensive line, without question. There were several plays where three or four Indiana players nearly took the hand-off, and when Bell got it there were three or four tacklers on him 3 or four yards into our backfield.

    You could say that Roushar should realize it and call the game differently, but the pass blocking is not much better. I know they have had several injuries, but at some point you need to cowboy-up, get mean and block somebody.

    • avatar Chris Solari says:

      As I wrote today, though, everything begins with that line getting a push forward and not backward. No doubt.

      But you can’t minimize the injuries – three veterans in Fonoti, Jackson and Treadwell. The guys behind them have had very few game reps because of how these games have gone this season.

      • avatar mike says:

        What teams dont have injuries? They really werent playing that good of football in the beginning of the season either!

        • avatar ATLSpartan says:

          Bingo. I really can’t tell a difference in the O’Line performance no matter what the line-up has been. I think they are talented enough, it just seems they are gong through the motions like it’s a walk-through. They need to play mad-dog mean.

        • avatar MSU Owns Denard says:

          hey mike, walk off a cliff, nobody here likes you

  85. avatar GoSt8Go says:

    Nice adjustments all the way around for the 2nd half. How do we get this defense to play for 40 minutes? The offense is starting to help with that a bit.

  86. avatar Jimbob says:

    Glad to hear we came back. Maybe for the rest of your sakes, I should walk the dog (btw she is 13+ years old) during each game the rest of the way.

  87. avatar GoSt8Go says:

    Never Give Up

  88. avatar GoSt8Go says:

    Chris, any word on what the IU player did to get ejected?

    • avatar Chris Solari says:

      Rumor I’d heard on Twitter was that he threw punches at Nick Hill in the pile. Didn’t have a chance to go back through the tape and watch it back.

      • avatar GoSt8Go says:

        I did review it several times. Can’t tell on the BTN coverage, and finally heard the same: threw a punch. Great coverage today.

        • avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

          it really was a fun day of coverage, except that the guy who’s being paid to be the beat writer was totally missing in non action. ’81 asked me Cracker would ever last in my squadron: simple answer is I’d see if he could pass the swim call and/or PFT test and if not I’d send him to be the Brigade/Group as the Special Services Officer or NCO or towel PFC.

      • avatar '89 Chemistry says:

        Between 10 & 11 seconds in, Bolser landed at least one groin punch on Nick Hill:
        http://www.youtube.com/v/NdSaoANsjCc
        (Look for the right shoulder/upper arm action.)

  89. avatar TJ says:

    Stats-Indiana 37 yards and 2 first downs in the second half -they are the best O in the BIG coming into the game so great adjustments for the D to make a statement. Mr. Burbridge showed what catching a ball can do to a team and Maxwell has overall played well throughout all games after the first half with Boise State. Let’s hope the “catching” thing is contagious…

  90. avatar 79 Spartan says:

    As my dear Mother yelled at the TV after the 3rd quarter, “Run LeVeon to the left side of the line all 4th quarter, they are dominating IU there!”

    Sure enough, Mom knows best.

    BTW – Q: Who didn’t see the IU onside kick coming?
    A: The Spartan Coaches apparently.

    O$U hangover in the 1st qtr… jeesh that was f-ugly.

  91. avatar ATLSpartan says:

    I seem to recall that last year “winning ugly” was a frequent post. If we keep winning I’ll take it, but these type of games don’t instill confidence.

  92. avatar MSU Owns Denard says:

    TIGERS WIN !!!

  93. avatar The Tanner says:

    Capers hit paydirt baby !!!

    Sim banged up, wear boot baby !!!

    Coach D yell baby !!!

    Brubridge get cathes baby !!!

    The Tanner brings the goods baby !!!

  94. avatar MSU Owns Denard says:

    wow we held osu to 17 pts with a chance to win, they totally destroyed nebraska, which helps us in the legends. beat paris hilton and the cornsuckers, and we’ll be in the drivers seat

  95. avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

    After reading Joe’s post-mortem, I’m reminded of the mood after the Acorn victory @CMB last year. There was some, well we beat them there, but generally there was a feeling of quiet doom. Same thing I’m getting from all now. Agreed that I want to see Burbridge against a pass D that knows he’s coming, but Fowler who is as hard a working kid as you’ll ever see, got a huge shot of confidence today and Mumphery continued his play even though he was probably the marked man going into the game. Loss of Sims was/is huge. We need him to get well. So, let’s not throw in the towel just yet. Win the next 3 and things are back on track for Indy.

  96. avatar '89 Chemistry says:

    Brian & Chris– This worked out great! Other blogs do this, but their 500-1200 comments can be overwhelming. If the thread count (see what I did there!) stays under 200 or so, I don’t think there’s a need for a new (2nd-half) thread–so this should work for football until the blog population increases.

    Having journalists available for interactions like this during away games adds customer value to the LSJ product.

  97. avatar MayoSpartan says:

    I’ll take the “Winning Ugly” style for the balance of this season.

    Naturally I’d prefer a well oiled machine imposing it’s will on opponents. Unfortunately, its in the trenches games are won, and MSU does not have the biggest, quickest and most versatile O-line and TE’s to open holes between the tackles or seal of the ends. So, MSU’s O coordinator can’t call any play and expect to succeed. With another patch work O-line, calling plays to the strengths of the this O-line and with utilizing some sort of element of surprise must occur to gain confidence and continue winning, IMO.

    The second half of that game was great. I believe a good season and the MSU’s goals are still within reach regardless of the naysayers who bestowed top ten rankings and B1G crowns before a single play began. Gotta love the plays of Tawian Jones, Burbridge, LT, Bell, Maxwell and Bullough to name a few. Hopefully, #99 Kittredge and #98 R. White study the snap count, smack a few opponents and get some penetration because they and the O-line are not playing like mad dogs and need to (thanks Atl). The secondary needs to have a leader. This team is like ’09 when O. Wiley departed … lost and resting on unearned laurels Harlon annonced to the world in August. This group is missing the communication and smart play, plus hard hitting of Trenton Robinson.

    Still only 15-20 posters commenting on this blog.

  98. avatar Ghost of Biggie says:

    Right on all points Mayo. Winning ugly is preferable to at least one alternative. Assessments and adjustments make sense as well as possibilities. With each game like today the odds of success diminish with the opportunities to improve. As someone on another blog put it. The whole may not be equal to the sum of the parts.

    • avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

      Which is very odd indeed, GoB, considering that the past 2 years it has been just the opposite for Spartan Football, the sum of those parts being far better than the individuals. Yes, there were loads of individual accolades (that were well and truly deserved), but the measure most give as to the talent of college players is making it at the next level where things like systems and playing against weak competition are nonexistent (although some would say playing the Jets or Oakland would qualify). There are a smattering of Spartans on teams and some see the filed with regularity, but most don’t. Look especially at the big people on both sides of the ball. Everyone (Charles Smith included) expect Will the Thrill to be a superstar by now and he may be, beyond the numbers, but having Jerrell in there occupying 2/3 blockers was more disruptive to offenses last year than anyone imagined at the time because he wasn’t stock piling numbers, either. His presence, and it’s why he came out on 3rd down because he had to work so hard on 1st and 2nd, left 1 guy to block each of the other D lineman and blitzing LB’s, I didn’t see anyone doing that yesterday in the middle, I saw their O line handling these guys 1 v 1. Can the lose of 1 guy possibly mean that much to a D line, I’d say obviously it can. I’ve been yakking about Adams and Denard elsewhere and that’s has been a disservice to them. With the exception of the South Niles CC QB throwback to the left corner of the end zone, they have been ON their guys pretty darn good, BUT with no pass rush the QB whomever it is at this level of play (except for dreadlocks) will get them the ball. Am I bemoaning the results so far, to some degree, but I’m also saying what a truly great player Jerrell was last year. The rest of the defensive story through the 1st half of yesterday’s game can be tied directly to the offensive struggles. As those solved, not until the big uglies get on the same page and we see how the Frosh does when the team knows he’s coming at them. I’ll also submit that his play inspired the rest of that corps to make plays yesterday – I see you Bennie Fowler.

      One of Coach Dantonio’s quote from Joe’s article that was out shortly after the game (while Cracker’s was missing until this morning) was “We may not be the 4-2 football team we thought we were”. Take it either way you want, I’ll choose to take it as we found ourselves in the 2nd half in Bloomington.

      IDIT

  99. avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

    The LSJ beat writer for MSU Football is now a puff piece author. Grahm “Cracker” Couch should be writing about the new chintz accents in the Mayor’s Mansion in Chicago.

    • avatar MSU Owns Denard says:

      yep he wrote another horrible article in the LSJ this morning, they should get rid of this guy ASAP, there has to be someone better out there.

  100. avatar jerseyjohn says:

    is anyone besides me sick of denzel drone..he barely plays but always manages to get a stupid penalty..at the end of the notre dame game he started a fight while they were taking a knee..and yesterday he hits a guy after a touchdown..maybe if he hit somebody during a play instead of after it’s over he’d play more..

  101. avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

    This loss, if it occurs, is on Leyland, too loyal to Whiplash Benoit, wild pitch after giving up a walk and 2 stolen bases and then the gopher ball.

  102. avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

    Captain Kirk now playing for the ‘Skins. RGIII got his bell rung and then some.

  103. avatar Spartan 81 says:

    Just fit back, agree with Breadtruck all our goals are in front of us, Nebraska looks beatable we just have to play better

  104. avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

    Hey Chris (I don’t personally know you Brian) here is an example of what the so called Spartan beat writer for the LSJ was doing in Bloomington yesterday.

    He asked Coach Dantonio to comment on the fact that the DII level talent WMU QB was/is better than Agent 86. When Coach said no, he’s rather talk about the days game, the Cracker – as in Grahm Couch – wrote “the very NEGATIVE article today for LSJ”. (His words not mine)

    It has just been my opinion previously that Cracker was a hack thrown into the deep end of a pool to far over his head, now I think he is a vindictive little vassal who should think about joining the the rest of the yellow journalist at the National Inquirer.

    If you read this Cracker, know that you are considered vile and disparaging by all people of class.

    • avatar behind the green curtain says:

      Son I can think of about 40million reasons to read that Couch fella. He gets your pi.. Hot now don’t he. Hogs are 2-4 son smile

      • avatar Ghost of Biggie says:

        You keep drinking your poor man’s Mountain Dew, hot or not. I see your judgment of journalism is as poor as your coaching.

      • avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

        Wow, 2-4. Your best record in what 10 years. And in answer to your silliness, no I just abhor people with an agenda and think that folks who spout off from a free pulpit should do so without malice. the Cracker doesn’t do that, the attack was personal with malice aforethought. He should know that Coach Dantonio doesn’t hold a grudge, but I do. Although as he may wonder how I discovered his MAC football biased question, I as a sworn agent of TUS, will never divulge my source to those of his ilk.

      • avatar MSU Owns Denard says:

        YAWN

    • avatar Ghost of Biggie says:

      He can spin it any way he wants but the Couchster ain’t winning any friends anytime soon. Nor is he impressing anyone with his journalistic prowess. Wondered why his article was so negative and urn complimentary toward Maxwell. As for his boy Carder, he’ll be driving a Good Humor truck soon enough. GC is wrecking what little credibility he has by pushing that little red wagon. Also very petty and unprofessional if the article is in response to Coach’s turn away of his question.

    • avatar MSUBeachwalker says:

      Exactly the negative, disparaging attitude toward MSU that he showed in previous articles when he was a MAC opinion columnist. I was upset when LSJ. hired him —wondered if they’d read his work—-couldn’t imagine why they’d make that choice. In addition, there is no substance to his work. He is filled with self-importance & probably unaware of the distaste of others or lack of readers he’s creating, because his ego blocks awareness & thought. UGH! Hope he doesn’t turn off Coach altogether.

      • avatar MSUBeachwalker says:

        GoB—-Couch wrote uncomplimentary & negative comments about Cousins last year ( & praising Carder) before he was at MSU—- he has a bias that makes me wonder why he was hired.

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