Michigan State Football: 3 takeaways from blowout loss to Indiana

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Another week, another tough loss for Michigan State football as No. 10 Indiana came to town and laid down the lumber. What’d we learn?

The Old Brass Spittoon is leaving East Lansing and there wasn’t much of a fight to keep it there.

Indiana came to town as the 10th-ranked team in the country and shut the Spartans out 24-0 to improve to 4-0 as Michigan State dropped to 1-3.

While it wasn’t the prettiest game, Michigan State fans have to feel good that their team held the Hoosiers scoreless in the second half and halted a few drives deep into Spartan territory thanks to big stands near the end zone. The defense didn’t give up when the offense wasn’t holding up its end of the bargain.

Michigan State will now prepare for a bounce-back next week at Maryland while Indiana will face Ohio State in a huge top-10 battle.

What’d we learn from this one?

3. The play-calling was questionable again

Jay Johnson needs to listen to Michigan State fans sometimes. I mean, just check Twitter and see what they have to say about certain plays or scenarios — just kidding, sort of.

Like runs to the short side of the field, for example. Not great.

Or draws up the middle on fourth-and-2 when running the ball hasn’t worked all afternoon. Just awful.

What about quarterback draws on third-and-10? No thanks.

Johnson’s play-calling hasn’t been great ever since the Michigan win and that has led to a total of seven points in eight quarters. That’s not going to win any games and that’s exactly what lost Mark Dantonio so many games in 2018 and 2019.

If Johnson doesn’t step up the play-calling, he should be on the chopping block.