Michigan State football needed a big win over Northwestern in Week 4 and got it, ending a three-game skid against the Wildcats. What’d we learn?
After a major letdown against Arizona State a week ago, Mark Dantonio and Michigan State bounced back to dominate Northwestern in Week 4.
The offense started slow but ended up scoring 30 points and the defense was solid for three-plus quarters.
What’d we learn from the Spartans’ big win?
3. Elijah Collins needs more touches
It worked early on and then the Spartans veered away from giving Elijah Collins the ball. He had 37 yards on seven early carries with a touchdown and then had only 10 touches the remainder of the game. Granted, the staff wanted to get other running backs touches, but he still finished with over 70 yards.
But there was a point in the game in the second and third quarters when the Spartans were strictly passing and didn’t give the ball to Collins.
When the Spartans stopped giving him the ball, the offense stalled. There’s a reason Michigan State scored a touchdown in the first three minutes and it was because he was the focal point of the offense.
No, he doesn’t need 30 touches a game, but getting him the ball 20-plus times would be more than ideal for the offense.