Three Quarterbacks Later, Michigan State Still Doesn’t Know Their Starter
Michigan reclaimed the Paul Bunyan trophy on Saturday, defeating Michigan State for only the second time in nine years 32-23.
Dantonio used three quarterbacks in the game, O'Connor was benched in favor of Damion Terry in the second half. He was injured late in his first drive and Brian Lewerke was inserted into the game. Then Lewerke went down with an injury late in the 4th quarter and it was Tyler O'Connor throwing a late TD to Donnie Corley. Cue the "who is the starter" questions all week.
Tyler O'Connor's decision making was in question in one particular instance on Saturday. Late in the first half it was discovered via Dantonio halftime interview that O'Connor checked out of a screen pass and audibled to a deep throw against one on one coverage. That defender was Jourdan Lewis who made an interception on the play.
Michigan State OC Dave Warner was less straightforward with this question.
More questionable decision making came from the Spartan coaching staff when faced with a 1st and goal situation from inside the three yard line, they elect to run LJ Scott four times. Net result of those plays was loss of a yard and a turnover on downs. Mark Dantonio wants those inches but couldn't find them in that set of plays.
Spartan Captains Josiah Price, Tyler O'Connor and Riley Bullough had to endure their first loss to Michigan in their college careers in this game as well.
Michigan State is on its first six-game losing streak since 1982. They'll look to break that skid when they head to Champaign to play the Fighting Illini of Illinois next Saturday.