October 18, 2008

Video: Poor execution, miscues to blame for loss

EAST LANSING - Michigan State did not compete well enough on either side of the football to hang with Ohio State in 45-7 decision at Spartan Stadium on Saturday.
Five Spartan turnovers played a sizeable role in the scoring discrepancy between No. 17 Michigan State and No. 11 ranked Ohio State.

"We did not perform as well as you need to in order to compete with Ohio State," said Treadwell. "They are a tremendous defense and you can't spot them anything, even a three-and-out, let alone have turnovers and a few of the things we had."

Michigan State's offense was largely ineffective until back-up quarterback
Kirk Cousins entered the game. Cousins led Michigan State down the field on the first series of the second half and connected with Charlie Gantt on a three-yard scoring strike with just over 10 minutes remaining in the third quarter.
Cousins finished the game with 161 yards passing. He completed 18 of the 25 passes he attempted against the Buckeyes. The only negative with Cousins was a fumble that was returned the distance for a score by the Buckeyes.

Michigan State was also deficient on defense. Defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi characterized the loss as a tail kicking.

"Ohio State beat our tails today," said Narduzzi. "Defensively, we just didn't play well. We didn't execute and we didn't tackle well, something we've been pretty good at all year. Whether it was inside or outside, we had guys in position, we just didn't make them today against a really, really good football team. We've got to play better than that. We played solid in the second half, but we didn't play well enough to win."

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