Michigan State, Maryland, what does the Spartans need to do for a win?

New week, new day and time for Michigan State to get back to their winning ways. Spartan Digest has four keys they feel the Spartans must do to keep their goals in check before heading to Ohio State next weekend.

Here are four keys for the Michigan State Spartans to get back to their winning ways.

KEY ONE: Get back on the horse and play your game.

The loss to Nebraska is one that could derail the mindset of many teams.  The Spartans must overcome the loss early in this game by getting out to an early lead and not giving Maryland any confidence they can win this game.  The Spartans have been here before just a year ago when the had to come off their loss to Ohio State before taking on Maryland. They must answer like they did a year ago. 

KEY TWO: Know where Will Likely is on the field.

Likely is now starting on both sides of the field and playing a key role for the Terrapins on special teams.  He’s a player the Spartans must keep an eye on no matter where he lines up.  

KEY THREE: Force Maryland to throw the football.

While Michigan State has struggled in their secondary, Maryland has struggled throwing the ball.  Last week the the Spartans struggled to get pressure on the quarterback, this week they must stop the run and force the Terrapins to throw and put pressure on the quarterback. 

KEY FOUR: Be balanced on offense.

The Spartans have rode the arm of Connor Cook most of the season, but they must get back to being balanced using their offensive line to open holes for the running game then letting Cook to show off his ability to throw the football.

Matchup Preview  |  November 14, 2015
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Maryland Terrapins
(2-7, 0-3 Away)
#14 Michigan State Spartans
(8-1, 5-0 Home)
Offensive Stats Comparison
215 SCORING 305
23.9 POINTS PER GAME 33.9
1586 RUSHING YARDS 1383
10 RUSHING TOUCHDOWNS 18
1485 PASSING YARDS 2418
14 PASSING TOUCHDOWNS 21
27:55 TIME OF POSSESSION/GAME 32:55
38/124 31% 3RD DOWN CONVERSIONS 64-126 51%
3/10 30% 4TH DOWN CONVERSIONS 5-13 38%
20/24 83% RED-ZONE SCORES 31-37 - 84%
13/24 54% RED-ZONE TOUCHDOWNS 26-37 70%
Defensive Stats Comparison
301 TOTAL POINTS ALLOWED 216
1456 RUSHING YARDS ALLOWED 1103
20 RUSHING TOUCHDOWNS ALLOWED 12
2251 PASSING YARDS ALLOWED 2248
18 PASSING TOUCHDOWNS ALLOWED 14
32:05 TIME OF POSSESSION ALLOWED 27:05
48/134 36% 3RD DOWN CONVERSIONS 45-117 38%
9/15 60% 4TH DOWN CONVERSIONS 9/21 43%
33/37 89% RED-ZONE SCORES 24/29 83%
28/37 76% RED-ZONE TOUCHDOWNS 18/29 62%
5/37 RED-ZONE FIELD GOALS 6/29

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