Michigan State 24, Maryland 3
What Happened: Michigan State dominated on both sides of the ball, getting up 10-0 early and putting it well out of reach on an 80-yard touchdown run from Connor Heyward in the fourth. Maryland could only manage a second quarter field goal and 100 yards of total offense – it was never in the game.
What Mattered: The Spartans outgained Maryland 269 rushing yards to 26. If the Terps can’t run, they can’t win, and they weren’t even close. They had the ball for just 23 minutes and came up with a mere nine first downs.
– Brian Lewerke played for the Spartans, completing 11-of-20 passes for 87 yards with a pick, and he ran for 45 yards. Without LJ Scott, MSU got 157 yards from Heyward, led by the 80-yard scoring dash. He finished with 157 yards and two touchdowns.
– Kasim Hill only completed 8-of-21 passes for 74 yards for Maryland, and again, the running game was stuffed.
What It All Means: The Spartans have overcome their two tough losses to Northwestern and Michigan to win two straight and become bowl eligible. The run defense continues to be dominant, and now it gets to have a little fun with the Ohio State game up next. With at Nebraska and Rutgers to close, beat the Buckeyes, and a double-digit win season – including a bowl game – is possible.
– After a tumultuous week, how was Maryland going to play? It worked hard, but the O just didn’t work against the MSU D. It still needs a win to get bowl eligible, putting the pressure on to win at Indiana next week. Lose that, and uh oh … the Terps close against Ohio State and at Penn State.
NEXT: Wisconsin 31, Rutgers 17