For the most part this has been a season Michigan State fans have watched as Connor Cook showed off his arm and ability to post wins as the Spartans starting quarterback.
For junior Tyler O'Connor, he’s been like the fans having watched from the sidelines getting a snap here and there to handoff the football.
That changed Saturday against Maryland as O’Connor would get major snaps and go 6-of-11 for 44 yards and one touchdown while also rushing for ten yards in the Spartans 24-7 victory.
Mark Dantonio said the following about his junior signal caller.
"I was the only person that knew (he was going in)," said Dantonio. "I just felt like that was the thing to do. Sometimes, you get to be the head coach and do that. I felt like it was good field position and this was the time. There was a reason behind it and that's what we did."
Following the game O’Connor spoke with the media about his day and here is part one of two.
POST GAME NOTE
• Junior Tyler O’Connor came off the bench to complete 6-of-11 throws for 44 yards against Maryland, including a 10-yard touchdown strike to Macgarrett Kings Jr. with 6:52 left in the first quarter. His 11 pass attempts represent a career high (previous high: 10 vs. Youngstown State, 2013). O’Connor directed TD drives of 50 yards (10 plays) in the first quarter and 62 yards (11 plays) in the third quarter.