The Michigan State offense struggled for most of the 2012 season, and it continued in areas tonight. With the uncertainty at QB and the constant rotating of Maxwell and Cook, the offense failed to get any rhythm. The lone bright spot for the Michigan State offense was sophomore running back Jeremy Langford. Langford recorded a rushing TD and tallied over 90 yards rushing for the first time in his career.
To me, Maxwell looked like the better quarterback tonight in the passing game anyway. The passes from Maxwell were on target and where they needed to be. The receivers, Burbridge and Fowler, did have some untimely drops that would have extended some drives. Cook on the other hand was more effective on the ground running consistently for 6 or 7 yards at a time. On the downside for Cook, he wasn’t good enough in the passing game. His throws were off target and not where they needed to be. Cook had the chance to throw a touchdown pass to Keith Mumpherey who was running a slant route at the back of the endzone and the throw was at least 3 feet behind Mumpherey. In my opinion, Maxwell outplayed Cook and should get most of the playing time next Saturday.
On the defensive side of the ball, the defense did its thing. The defense created 4 turnovers and scored 2 touchdowns. Jarius Jones had 2 interceptions while Kurtis Drummond had one of the most athletic interceptions you will ever see. The defense also racked up 5 sacks and completely shut down the Bronco offense in the 2nd half.
Players of the Game
Jeremy Langford- 20 carries, 94 yards, TD
Jarius Jones- 2 ints