MSU defense determined to recapture emotional edge

Tuesday, 14 November 2017, 01:58:59 PM. Spartans look to regroup after surrendering 335 yards rushing to Ohio State, which is the most in the Dantonio era.
East Lansing – By Monday evening, the one-sided loss to Ohio State that occurred on Saturday still wasn’t sitting well with most of Michigan State’s players. But like they have after each loss this season, the Spartans have tried to quickly put their focus on what’s next. In this case, up next for No. 22 Michigan State (7-3, 5-2 Big Ten) is the final home game of the season Saturday against Maryland. “It’s tough to watch things like that,” senior linebacker Chris Frey said of the game film against Ohio State. “There were a few things (that went wrong), but we’re not gonna harp on those things. We’re just gonna fix them and get over them.” There was plenty that went wrong on both sides of the ball. Specifically, for the defense, the fact Ohio State ran for 335 yards was right at the top of the list. It was the most rushing yards a Spartans team has allowed under coach Mark Dantonio. The Buckeyes pushed the tempo, something that played a role, Dantonio said. “For whatever reason, it just didn’t feel like we were ready to play and lined up,” Dantonio said. “Now, on the film, it would appear you’d lined up. But I know in the game, I felt like it was a scramble. I think sometimes, though, when things are going against you, everything seems like a scramble. Everything. And that’s the nature of this one. Everything – whether it was tackling or playing the ball in the deep part of the field or pressuring the quarterback or getting lined up, everything seemed to be a scramble. And we...Read more
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