You heard of TGIF? Well, as far as the MSU Football season is concerned, TGIO. SpartyMSU.com hoped TOC would start at QB against OSU and Damion Terry would start against PSU. The coaches heard SpartyMSU and gave DT the start. Damion had good moments – 7 for 12 passing for 101 yards- and some bad moments. The rust was apparent as he overthrew RJ Shelton for what would have been a touchdown and another nice pass that Monty Madaris would have caught if he hadn’t slipped on the turf. However, no other moment defined the loss more than when Terry took the snap from Center and ran around the end only to be drilled by two PSU defenders. The hit was brutal as Terry’s helmet collided with the helmets of both defenders. Spartans everywhere knew Damion was done for the day with a possible concussion. TOC took over and the offense continued to move well but, MSU just couldn’t score in the Red Zone. Four field goals from Michael Geiger is all the MSU offense could muster. Jake Hartbarger punted well so MSU can finally say, “the kicking game is back.” The trouble is Michael Geiger is a Senior. So who kicks next year- Hartbarger or Cronin? Nonetheless, the Spartans realize they must punch the ball into the End Zone.
The pundits keep calling MSU the best 3-9 team in the land. Is that supposed to make us feel better? Coach D says, “It is what it is.” SpartyMSU.com agrees wholeheartedly. At the end of the day, 3-9 is 3-9. All of the kids who play Division 1 Football are talented. Good coaching, limiting injuries, good team chemistry, and a little luck make for winning football. The Spartans are just too beat-up to build and maintain good team chemistry.
Penn State played well. MSU had its way with PSU until every college football fan realized OSU beat the Weasels in double overtime. Quarterback Trace McSorley looked like Aaron Rodgers. A red-shirt sophomore who is talented, but not terribly flashy, was 17-23 with touchdown passes of 34, 45, and 59 yards. Don’t be surprised if he is mentioned as a Heisman Trophy candidate when PSU wins the Big 10 Championship against Wisconsin.
MSU, on the other hand, had solid play from QB but, once again, did not receive enough big-time play-making at the position. As reported by SpartyMSU, whomever made the fewest mistakes would lead his team to victory. MSU QBs were sacked five times. PSU’s McSorley was sacked only once and was rarely rushed by MSU’s front seven.
Speaking of MSU’s front seven, it is almost a certainty that Malik McDowell enters the NFL draft. Injured for most of the season and, double-teamed by the opposition when healthy, Malik performed well while winning championships at MSU alongside some outstanding team-mates. Good luck Malik.
Thank you Coach Dantonio. Thank you MSU Spartans Football Team. And, thank you Spartan Nation. Go Green!