The Michigan State kicker had been going through a rough patch throughout Big Ten season. He was huge early for the Spartans on Saturday, knowing through his first three field goal attempts when the offense could not make its way into the end zone in the first quarter. It was a much-needed boost for him and for the team.
It has been hard for much of the season to get a read on how Waynes is playing for the simple fact that few teams have thrown in his direction often. Maryland tried a few times early, but without much success. He was blanketing his receiver consistently and continues to see teams not test him often – if at all.
Overlooking the fact that Calhoun had three penalties – two offside, one neutral zone infraction – the Michigan State defensive end had a great game. He was in the backfield often, putting big hits on Maryland quarterback C.J. Brown and getting good pressure on the QB. He also was strong in run defense.
Normally I do just three risers, but Bullough fit well in this group. He seemed to be all over the place Saturday. His stats will show he had just one tackle -- a four-yard sack -- but his impact was felt.
Red zone offense
Michigan State converted found the end zone just once on four trips into the red zone on Saturday. It was an issue early and kept what should have been a blowout far too interesting through the first half – just a 16-7 halftime lead for the Spartans.
Michigan State won, which ultimately is the job for a quarterback. But he was erratic and missed on nearly every deep throw he made. It was not a stellar performance for the Michigan State quarterback, going just 14 of 31 for 240 yards – 62 of which came on a play that Keith Mumphery turned into something after a short gain.
Michigan State’s specials teams coverage units have not been all that great this season and Maryland kick returner Will Likely had multiple big returns. The Terrapins first touchdown got started with outstanding field position as Likely ran it back to the MSU 41-yard line.