Last Look Back Defense: Boise State

We take one last look at Friday night's game against Boise State looking at each position on the defensive side of the ball.

Each week we'll take a look back at each side of the football from the previous game before moving on to the next one. The Spartans defense played a major role in the team's victory and I'm sure you'll find our grade card reflecting that success.


If you knew William Gholston would not record a tackle during the game I'm sure you would feel things didn't go well for Michigan State. Gholston posted zero tackles and the Spartans defense didn't allow Boise State to score an offensive touchdown.

Tyler Hoover posted three tackles on the night in his move from the edge to inside and Marcus Rush, Micajah Reynolds and Anthony Rashad White each posted two tackles. Gholston did provide a pass break-up and a quarterback hurry while Rush also posted a quarterback hurry and Reynolds a pass break-up.

Overall Boise State had problems running the ball against the Spartans and it all started up front. We would have liked to see more pressure on the quarterback and at least a sack, but overall the guys up front played solid.

Spartan Digest Grade A


Max Bullough led the Spartans with seven tackles including 1.5 for loss and a pass break-up. Denicos Allen and Chris Norman combined for five tackles with Allen getting a fumble recovery. Overall the group played solid and was a major reason the Broncos only averaged 1.5 yards per rush.

Spartan Digest Grade A


The Broncos looked to pick on Darqueze Dennard and he finished with three pass break-ups to go with his three tackles. Johnny Adams posted five tackles including one for a loss and Isaiah Lewis added three tackles while getting credit for half a tackle for loss. But the biggest play belonged to redshirt freshman R.J. Williamson with his interception in the end zone while on his back. That play stopped a Boise State drive and may have been the difference in the outcome.

Spartan Digest Grade A+

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