chris peterson is gonna have to talk to his defense about effort.. i know they are tired but damn they are not out of the game yet. get a stop and they have a chance
MSU vs Boise St Second Half Open Thread
Bell has ran so much the offensive line is tired. That doesn't happen at Michigan.
Valentini: "I admit it! I was wrong! Boise State was a far better team than I anticipated. Big win. Biiiig wiiiin."
Hey Boise, cover the god damn tight end.
If nothing else this helps ease my mind when they come to The Big House this year.. Mattison should have no problem with a gameplan this year.
The MSU offense will take time to gel. They may be a completely different team by the time they head to the Big House. This win and a few more games will give Maxwell confidence and time to mature a bit.
I was especially encouraged by MSU's D, however. While their corners are really good (although BSU's WRs certainly helped make them look that way) Gholston wasn't a factor except in the negative sense.
Start strong, play like crap in the middle, and do just enough in the end to hold on for a victory.
Well I think Boise's little run is over - they'll lose a couple more times this year. And Sparty is going to be a good team that loses 3-5 games.
Or they've hit an actual rebuilding year. Y'know the sort of thing that happens to every program. Although, if the play calling doesn't improve I will admit there's room for concern.
Man, this is like watching MSU play OSU last year - just a horrible game that MSU somehow manages to squeak out.
And yet still, somehow a narrow win at home over a team ranked 11 spots lower will be spun into an epic victory.
The good news - MSU's offense is piss-poor. The bad news - so is BSU's offense. I really wish we were scheduled to play MSU next week. Maxwell is a huge liability at this point.
Dantonio will go for the score to cover the utter offensive chaos
you know they will score to make it look like they beat them by double digits
Not often the most important play of the game was a timeout called after the ball was snapped.
I was playing halo was a friend and had the game on my laptop, looked down during the game and saw what I thought was Boise converting the 4th and 2 on an option pitch, then when my game ended I saw them going for 4th and 2 again and not getting it. Who called the timeout?
MSU did not show a great D this game.
Congrats to MSU for winning a game in which they started Nick Sheridan's sister Nicollette at QB
So about Arnett what happened to him? I thought he was going to MSU because of the greatness of Maxwell.
Dantonio just killed everyone who went with Spartan and the points....
Seriously. I'm mainly glad that Gholston was abjectly terrible all night. Never once got legitimate pressure on the QB. Not sure if he was even in on a tackle.
Which was A LOT of people, from what I was hearing.
Couches will be burned.
Michigan State is gonna get raped in the B1G.
Well there's one upside....20 hours till we play Bama!!!!!
do they go on to find a nice little niche in the big east, or fall back to obscurity?
They lost 10 of 11 starters on defense, their starting QB and NFL running back. They'll be back - hell of a coaching job tonight...personally I thought the line was a joke and MSU at home would kill them by 14+. You shouldnt take a team on the road without any defense back and a first time QB starter and be within a whisker of a "top 10" team. The Big East is not a good conference for football so they will do fine. In a conference with bigger players they'd get worn down. In one game (a bowl) they can play tricks and finesse out wins. Undersized at almost every position versus power conferences.
I think they'll be back, but I wouldn't say their defensive staff did a "hell of a job." Practically every pass play for MSU in the second half was a little 5-yard out/wheel route, and somehow this proved too much for the BSU defensive braintrust to figure out.
BSU will continue to overachieve their talent level as long as they have Coach Pete (he loves Boise), but will continue to be under-manned because they still won't be able to draw talent even close to second-tier teams like MSU.
Like I said before, BSU had all of one 4* player on their entire team during the four years of Kellen Moore's 50-3 record. By contrast, in 2010 alone, MSU signed four 4* and one 5* players. With that being said, BSU has made a name for themselves nationally, and if they can return to being a ranked team by the end of the year, they might be able to continue to slowly build the program.
So Sparty pluses were LBs and DBs and Bell is as advertised.
Minuses are Maxwell looks terrified, their receivers are horrible, their oline was unimpressive, and their dline couldn't generate any pressure.
I disagree about their d-line. Boise couldn't run the ball at all. Spartans look one dimensional on offense with Bell and Sims as their only passing threat. I expect Maxwell to improve but the real test will come for him against Notre Dame. ND has the talent and coaching on defense to take away Bell and make that team one dimensional. Sparty's defense will help them contend for the Legends Division.
D-line is average. The DE's, both Gholston and Rush, were invisible tonight.
Their LBs are good, but bite very hard on runs. Their DBs are very good, but vulnerable to big plays. You have to throw deep (which Boise did on 3 consecutive plays late in the game, with almost devestating effect), and scheme a way to punish those LBs for coming so hard. Seems like there's an offensive gameplan that wouldn't be too hard to figure out.
Sims also played well at tight end after being lost at sea for a few years. He was MAxwell's main outlet. So focus on Sims and Bell, and let Maxwell and the WR's beat you. O-line looked fine on running plays ;) but yes as a pass protection, not so much. Will know better versus N.D.
News! Rod Gilmore says the Sparty offense isn't ready, "yet", for the Rose Bowl.
Not impressed with either team. One-dimensional strategy all around.
We are going to real these mother fuckers. THEY BLOW
So Bell is officially Burkhead. He's gonna have to carry that O unless Maxwell just had a bad game. Hard to really tell anything from that game; we really don't know how good Boise is at all. MSU's D, especially the run D looked real good.
Actually, I think we can conclude that Boise's DL is really, really crappy and that they can't tackle at all.
Or MSU's O line is awesome and Bell will win the Heisman. I think yours is more plausible at this point, but you never know.
Not impressed at all by MSU. The Run D is solid but DJ Harper is no fits Toussaint and there O-Line is sub par.
Maxwell has to improve as the season goes by so they'll be better as the season goes by, but the Boise QB improved from one half to the other. Notre Dame will be far more telling, if he hasnt made a sizeable jump by then it's going to be a long season for that offense.
Gholston top 5 pick next year. Book it.
to the Raiders
they made the superbowl in 2003 against the Bucs. A thuggish city deserves a criminal
yep, just like that 49'ers fan that got mugged in the parking lot when the raiders played the 49'ers. Oakland is a wannabe detroit.
Have you checked to make sure your tin-foil hat is on?
Lol, they're gonna need a QB first...
Vernon Gholston got cut today...
That other Gholston, he's solid, but not a top 5 pick.
as his cousin, Vernon. Tight hips which doesn't allow him to bend at the edge and finish. I'm still seeing the same problem tonight.
He isn't at his best when team runs towards him as opposed to away from him.
He didnt even record a single tackle in the whole game. Actually he didnt even assist on a single tackle the whole game. His hype is laughablly unwarranted.