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Spartans give up late lead again.
Posted By Andre' Wiegand On Oct 21 2012 @ 12:30 am In Michigan State | 1 Comment
Wolverine placekicker Brendan Gibbon ended four years of frustration, as his 38 yard field goal with five seconds left ended a four game losing streak to in-state rival Michigan State. UofM finally beat MSU 12-10 on an otherwise beautiful fall day in Michigan. The win puts the Wolverines in first place in the Big Ten’s Legends division. With the lose, MSU drops to 1-3 in conference play and is all but eliminated from making a return trip to the Big Ten Championship game. Once again, the Spartans found a way to come up just short of victory.
Despite holding the potent Michigan offense to four field goals and never allowing them to reach the end zone, the Spartans lost another close one. MSU has lost three conference games by a total of six points, one in overtime. While the defense was once thought to be elite, it has continually shown the inability to make the plays necessary at the end to secure a win. Likewise the offense has dropped multiple opportunities to keep the ball out of the opponent’s hands for a final game winning or as in the case against Iowa, game tying drive.
For fans and players alike the last few weeks have been incredibly difficult to watch, as the Spartans are always a few plays short of victory. This Saturday was no exception. The four key plays (or plays missed) from the loss against the Wolverines in order are:
Coach Dantonio constantly talks about football games coming down to a few plays and being prepared to make those key plays when they are in front of you. Starting with last year’s lose to Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship game, the players have been in position to make those plays. It’s the execution they lack. If they don’t get it corrected soon, a few more plays are going to result in Coach Dantonio’s first ever losing season at MSU.
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