Burbridge seemed to be a focal point last week for Michigan State against Nebraska and it appeared that way again against Purdue. He had two catches for 21 yards and three rushes for 17 – with two catches and three rushes on the same drive. He also had his first touchdown of the season on a leaping grab in the back of the end zone in the third quarter. He has the ability to be the best complement to Tony Lippett and is starting to play like it.
The senior running back averaged 8.0 yards per carry with 72 yards on nine attempts. He had a 37-yard burst through a huge hole opened up the offensive line and also had touchdown touchdowns. Hill is running with something to prove this season, it seems, and that has continued into Big Ten play. He has been a really nice player for the Spartans so far this year and kind of a pleasant surprise.
Realistically, Lippett could be in this group every week. He has been an outstanding player game in and game out for the Spartans. This time, he had a 39-yard touchdown and 138 yards receiving on just seven catches. His best grab was a 27-yarder from Cook over a defender, showcasing why he is the No. 1 receiver.
The senior safety had a rough go Saturday for Michigan State. He was beaten on a deep pass early to start the game. He then was turned around on Akeem Hunt’s 18-yard run, then whiffed on a tackle on Keyante Green’s 36-yard run on the next play. Follow it up with a missed pick-six for the second straight week, this one going for a 30-yard gain from Austin Appleby to Danny Anthrop.
The sophomore cornerback, like Drummond, whiffed on a tackle. His missed tackle resulted in a 52-yard touchdown run by Hunt. The kicker came on a horrendous pass interference in the end zone. Purdue ran a double reverse with a pass at the end, which was not going to be completed, but Hicks took down his man, giving Purdue the ball at the 2-yard line.