Mark Dantonio reacts at Ann Arbor on November 16, 2019, after Michigan's 44-10 loss to Michigan.
Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press
Review of Michigan's 44:10 defeat in Michigan and a look at the Spartans' Saturday play at Rutgers:
Three Things We Have Learned [19659005Worse: The Spartans have lost their fifth game in a row, the second-longest defeat in Mark Dantonio's 13-year tenure at MSU. Only the seven-game losing streak in 2016 is worse. It was the first time since 2006/07 that the MSU lost to the Wolverines in a row, and the margin was the worst since UM's 49: 3 victory in 2002.
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Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio leaves the tunnel ahead Saturday, November 16, 2019. [Photo:AnntaninnaBiondoDetroitFreePress)
Secondary Issues: MSU faces big problems with passport coverage. Shea Patterson had 384 yards and four touchdowns on Saturday after former U-M QB Brandon Peters lit them a week earlier. These two teamed up for 753 yards and seven TDs in the air, using the Cornerbacks and safety precautions of the Spartans, who missed orders and allowed the receivers too much cushion over the middle. Although the last two games were the only 300-yard games this season, the MSU has given away 17 TD passes in the last six games.
More: The Spartan offensive continues to smolder. MSU had only 220 yards, and 119 of them came through 22 games on two scoring rides. The other 38 games have an average of 2.7 meters and none of these drives has eclipsed 40 meters. The Spartans have been beaten 181-61 during their losing streak of five games. In defense, they allowed on Saturday 17 points in the fourth quarter and were exceeded this season in the final phase with 110: 50 points. Over 23 games in the last two seasons, the opponents in the fourth quarter have a lead of 214: 99 on MSU.
Rutgers quarterback Johnny Langan will contest the first half of an NCAA college football game against Ohio State on Saturday, November 16, 2019, in Piscataway, NJ (USA). AP Photo / Adam Hunger)
Matchup: Michigan State (4-6, 2-5 Big Ten) at Rutgers (2-8, 0 -7
Start: Noon, Saturday; SHI Stadium, Piscataway, New Jersey.
TV / Radio: FS1, WJR-AM (760).
Line: Spartans to 22.
Know the Enemy: The Scarlet Knights, despite clutter and interim coach Nunzio Campanile, showed some signs of life in their 56-2 home loss to Ohio State on Saturday, including a TD from the RB Isaiah Pacheco's first quarter had 56 yards on 17 yards when Rutgers ended 231 yards offensive QB Johnny Langan was 12 out of 26 for 121 yards with a TD and two interceptions Scarlet Knights defending 594 yards As the Buckeyes sank deep into their bank, Rutgers has not won a Big Ten game against Maryland since November 4, 2017, a Pechstr Ehne of 19 games. Since joining the Big Ten in 2014, he has only played 7-43 games at a conference.
Three Things to Note
The Dire Straits: The loss to Michigan means the MSU has to win the last two games to be ready for the 12th time Dantonios 13 seasons. Rutgers and Maryland, who host the Spartans in the regular season finale on November 30, are 5-15 this season. MSU's last loss to Rutgers was at Piscataway in 2004, when the Scarlet Knights were a member of the Big East.
Even if the score got out of hand and Michigan always threw too late. The Spartans in the second year brought Rocky Lombardi and Redshirt freshman Theo Day to Ann Arbor, but Dantonio said he "did not want to go in that direction, to be honest," by bringing in one of the MSU backups. After Lewerke has graduated after this season, this lack of confidence in the second- and third-time visitors raises questions about their willingness to take over the next season, or the question of who would enter if Lewerke in recent weeks would hurt.
Sanitary Tent: The MSU lost CB Josiah Scott for the second time in a row, this time in the second game against UM, after kneeling up to her chin. The defense also played their second game without LB Joe Bachie (suspension). With the RBs Connor Heyward and La'Darius Jefferson in the NCAA transfer portal played the Spartan U-M without eight before the season planned offensive starter. They miss four of their five starters on offense – LT Cole Chewins (back), LG Tyler Higby (not known), C Matt Allen (left knee) and RG Kevin Jarvis (right knee). They were without two of their three scheduled starting WRs, although Jalen Nailor (right foot) missed his second straight for the first time since opening on 30 August against Tulsa and Darrell Stewart (leg). The start of TE Matt Dotson (Achilles) in the preseason is also planned for the season.
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