Michigan State vs Oregon: 5 takeaways from the Spartans’ win

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Sep 12, 2015; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans offensive tackle Jack Conklin (74) celebrates the win over the Oregon Ducks after a game at Spartan Stadium. MSU won 31-28. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

During Saturday night’s Michigan State vs Oregon game, the Spartans imposed their will over the Ducks with a big-time win that brought Mark Dantonio’s squad into the playoff race. The Spartans came out on top, 31-28, despite squandering many opportunities to take a big lead and seal the Ducks’ fate.

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Dantonio has to be pleased with the way his team performed on the big stage as well as Spartan Nation as a whole.

Multiple players, as well as the head coach, came out and stated how impressed they were with the crowd and how amazing the atmosphere was and how it led them to a big-time victory over Oregon at home.

Revenge was in the air as Connor Cook and company made up for last season’s 46-27 loss with a statement victory at home. The senior quarterback struggled at times, but for yet another time, he proved to have ice water in his veins and lead MSU to a win on the biggest stage possible.

This has to go down as one of the biggest wins in the Dantonio era and some have even called it a program-defining victory for the ninth-year head coach.

There were many things that went well for the Spartans and many that went against what Michigan State wanted to do.

While this win puts the Spartans’ record at 2-0 with three consecutive home games on the horizon, there are still things to work on.

Let’s take a look at five things we learned from the Spartans’ big win over the Ducks.

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