Monday, September 25, 2006

It's Not Easy Bleeding Green and White

This season certainly has all the ingredients for another collapse by Michigan State. That certainly was the case Saturday, when the Spartans trotted to the locker room at halftime leading Notre Dame, 31-14. Did anyone really think Michigan State was going to win? You got the feeling that Spartan fans were expecting the worst. They've seen this time and again in East Lansing. The turning point — besides the obvious ... the Spartans coming out for the second half — came with under five minutes left and the Irish trailing, 37-33. In a bizarre move, Michigan State's Demond Williams fielded a kickoff at the six, ran six yards and took a knee. That pinned the Spartans deep in their territory and three plays later they scored the winning touchdown on a 23-yard interception return. No, it appears even the Spirit Squad can't save the Spartans from themselves. As for Notre Dame, a 10-1 record is possible entering the Nov. 25 game at USC. Oddly enough, USC was probably cheering for Notre Dame to win Saturday. Why? A victory over a 10-1 Irish team could help secure a spot in the BCS title game for the Trojans, who will be without star receiver Dwayne Jarrett for two to four weeks (some registration).

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Many of the Spartan's problems can be blamed on the coaching, including the bizarre taking a knee incident, playing to "save a win", i.e. conservatively and changing their game plan after getting the lead. Nothing new from John L. here, how long before this guy gets fired?