2. The coaching staff did this team no favors
When you are leading 24-6 with 15 minutes left, you have to try very hard to lose. The coaching staff seemed to do just that.
The first play of the fourth quarter was a fumbled punt (that’s not ont the coaches) which was picked up in the end zone by the Scarlet Knights. The ensuing kickoff saw the Spartans line up in an onside recovery formation.
And then the Spartans ran the same run play between the tackles which wasn’t working for Nathan Carter. They also tried airing it out a little too much in a downpour. Why not run outside the tackles with the speedy Carter? Why not do more designed quarterback runs that were working?
It didn’t make sense and it’s a big reason why that 18-point lead in the fourth quarter melted away in about five minutes.
The coaching staff was horrendous.