I totally trashed the D. This was the best game since Western. In fact the D was not bad at all. This loss is on the coaches, the right side of the line, dropped passes and bad reads in the first half.
rewatching the game.....from a Michigan D and Spartan O standpoint....
First MSU Drive - Michigans D dominated, 2 runs stuff and then on third and long pressure forced INT, Michigans linebackers filled nicely and it was no blizting,
MSU Second Drive for long TD - Man MSU's o-line is getting beat on but Cousins, wow is he good. Dantonio must be a relative of Nichol. Cousins made this whole drive, seriously. I think on dedicated run plays they got about 15 yards of the total 130 with penalties. Cousins reminds me a lot of Chad Henne.
MSU third drive from 11 - forced fumbled MSU recovered luckily, Kovacs now in, they pick on walk on right away, Cousins gets the greatest spot in history, another sack, 3 man rush and MSU has all day great throw by cousins, first of that new run from winston gets 7, another forced fumble MSU gets on. Good defense other then one stinking long pass by Cousins.
MSU fourth drive - midfield start, great reverse call where Kovacs sucks inside and then is to slow to recover, good call to pick on walk on player but late hit still first down, great move by White on pitch and catch stuff (Michigan finally adjusted to this screen after this), another great throw by Cousins into the zone after two nada plays, he is the real deal, Michigan bones up and forces field goal. Half
MSU fifth drive - midfield start, another Cousins scramble on third and long after getting stuffed trying to run at Michigan, Michigan pressure forces INT in red zone.
MSU sixth drive - MSU takes over on the Michigan 12 yard line (great field position for the last 3 drives), good run up the middle for 7, then 2 then graham blew up winston to make a great sudden change D forcing a field goal.
MSU 7th drive - at 30, great pass by nichol to pick on walk on Kovacs, another great play to tight end by Nichol, this is MSU's best looking drive in 2 quarters, winston scores on the jailbreak toss (: MSU's second best drive, maybe the best with the balance.
MSU 8th drive - start at midfield, holding call, graham forces fumble, great D
MSU 9th drive - start 25, three and out, great D
MSU 10th drive - start 25, Cousins does that monster scramble thats been hashed out everywhere, they go for it on fourth and dont get it, great D for one dang play.
MSU 11 - start 32, pass on first good call for 7, stuffed the next two plays
Seriously, any MSU fan saying they dominated does not know how to watch a game. Credit goes to MSU for a solid scheme to start and man Cousins is friggen a nice player, he won the game for MSU on those scrambles. If thats the physical beat down that has been talked about I laugh.
In fact, laugh all you will but that was a step forward for the Michigan D. Offense up next.