At The Half - Ohio State

Another slow start by the Michigan State offense will have Spartan fans biting their nails the rest of the way. We look at several key areas at the half.

Much like last season's low scoring affair, Michigan State and Ohio State have seen their offensive struggles continue in their conference opener. A look at several missed chances after two quarters of play leaves the Spartans behind 7-3 at the half.

The Good

Spartans Defense: The Spartans defense has only given up one touchdown on the day when Ohio State running back Jordan Hall rushed from one yard out on the first drive of the game to give the Buckeyes the early advantage.

Braxton Miller has rushed for 65 yards and thrown for another 62 yards, but has seen consistent pressure from the Spartans.

Kurtis Drummond: The Ohio native said following last week's win over Eastern Michigan he was looking forward to playing well against the home state team. The interception after the block punt was huge as it kept the Spartans in range.

Chris Norman: The Spartans senior linebacker posted a sack and just missed on another one late in the second quarter. Overall he's got four tackles with two for loss.

Mike Sadler: With a 70 yard punt Sadler pushed the Buckeyes back helping the defense and change field position.

The Bad

Blocked Punt: The Spartans gave up the edge and Ohio State took full advantage blocking Sadler's punt attempt.

The Offense Le'Veon Bell has an average of 3.0 yards per carry and has been the Spartans best receiver with six catches for 44 yards. With only 26 yards rushing, Michigan State is playing outside their game plan. Add in the mistakes and penalties and the offense is playing as bad as they did a week ago.


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