Michigan State Football: What worked and what didn’t against Central Michigan

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Sep 26, 2015; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans defensive end Shilique Calhoun (89) blocks the field goal attempt of Central Michigan Chippewas place kicker Brian Eavey (not pictured) during the 1st quarter of a game at Spartan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

Special Teams

For maybe the first time all season, the Michigan State special teams didn’t embarass themselves on the field. The kick coverage was quite good and Michael Geiger even made a long field goal. It’s great to see the progress, though the performance certainly wasn’t a flawless. Any progress is welcomed, though, when speaking of the one glaring weakness through three weeks.

What went well: Blocked field goals

Not one, but two. Two blocked field goal attempts to keep Central Michigan off of the board early in the game set a tone for the defense and the special teams got to play hero for once this season. The game might have had a very different feel if not for the special teams play early in the game. Shilique Calhoun got his hands on one while Demetrius Cooper batted the other. Hopefully a sign of things to come.

What didn’t: Just one complete game?

Just when you thought the special teams were going to get out of the game with no major mistakes, they had the final extra point attempt blocked. It was Michael Geiger’s first ever missed extra point attempt, although it was blocked. Almost.

To be fair, we can blame it on the announcer’s jinx.

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