The Spartans won a lot of games that way, including 36 the previous three seasons.
While Michigan State has lost five straight, it have won seven of eight over Michigan, and if the Spartans manage to win Saturday, it would be the fourth straight and cap a ideal career for players like R.J. Shelton. The Spartans (2-5, 0-4) have lost five straight and are underdogs by more than three touchdowns at home. They are off to their worst Big Ten start since Muddy Waters was coaching the program.
That seems to be the glaring quote from Mark Dantonio's press conference Tuesday regarding Michigan State football's 28-17 loss to Maryland last weekend.
Maryland and Michigan State entered halftime tied at 14, and the Spartans were first to strike after the half.
Maryland's defense secured the victory by getting to the Spartan's quarterback, Brian Lewerke, on third and fourth down with just over two minutes remaining in the game.
On the offense, Maryland football averages 154.3 yards in passing and 250.0 yards in rushing.
5 dead in wrong-way crash on Massachusetts highway
Four people were killed when their vehicle , travelling northbound, was hit by a wrong way driver near exit 3 around 12:15 a.m. In a news conference Monday morning, state police said only one report of a wrong-way driver came in shortly after midnight.
MI allowed only 172 yards against IL, marking the fourth straight game that the unit gave up fewer than 200 yards. The Terps are 4-2 on the season, 1-2 in the Big Ten and 2-4 against the spread. Hills, who suffered a shoulder injury October 8 against Penn State and missed the previous game against Minnesota, was 21 of 27 for 200 yards Saturday.
The Illini made big plays - a 45-yard run, a 43-yard pass and a fumble recovery - to have the ball at the MI 33 in the second quarter and to the Wolverines 32 and 30 in the third. Tyler O'Connor completed 13 of 21 passes for 281 yards and three touchdowns. It was the second ejection of Bullough's career. The linebacker made a stop on the next play for a 6-yard loss, then received his third 15-yard penalty with the targeting call and ejection with 4:39 left in the opening quarter.
For the second straight week, the computers love MI the best. "When it's not even competitive even more, that stings more than a game where we fought our hardest and we lost on the last play".
IL got on the board early in the fourth quarter when Jeff George Jr. threw a 43-yard pass to Malik Turner for a touchdown. Hills operated the offense to perfection, finding open receivers most of the time he dropped back to throw, with senior Levern Jacobs (nine catches for 67 yards), sophomore D.J. Moore (four catches, 61 yards) and senior Teldrick Morgan (four catches, 41 yards) being the leading recipients.
Michigan State drove deep into Maryland territory on their first drive of the second half, but the Terrapins recovered a Monty Madaris fumble in the redzone which ended the threat. Instead, holder Matt Macksood flipped Geiger the ball for a run around the right end. ONeill bobbled a low snap and instead of falling on the ball as Harbaugh would say after the game he wished the punter had done though ONeill was never coached to do that he whirled and tried to get the kick off only to be swarmed by Spartans.