3. Michigan State’s pressure mattered
Stopping the dangerous Wake Forest offense this year was more about throwing it off its rhythm. It’s a fast-paced attack that doesn’t rely on time to work, but it does rely on timing.
Michigan State was able to change that.
The Demon Deacons were able to crank up the plays in the first half, but the Spartans adjusted, the defense were able to get off the field faster, and the pressure kept on coming.
MSU averaged three sacks and seven tackles for loss per game with one of the best pass rushes in the nation. It got those seven plays behind the line, and it generated four sacks and plenty of pressures – Kenny Willekes had himself a game – and it all came together in the second half as …