Matthew Mitchell, Michigan State Athletic Communications

The Michigan State defense pulled out their second jersey scrimmage win of the spring in overtime on Saturday.

Michigan State continues to march towards next Saturday’s annual Green-White Game with a two-hour scrimmage that saw the defense claim the win for the second time this spring. However, nothing was decided until overtime in the 121-play controlled scrimmage.

The weather was perfect for the Michigan State Spartans to take the field in Spartan Stadium for their second Jersey Scrimmage of the spring.

Just a week ago the defense claimed the first scrimmage of the season with many expecting the offense to pull out a win this week.

However, the defense had different plans pulling out an overtime win on an interception on the final series.

“It was a great day,” said Spartans head coach Mark Dantonio.  “We got a lot of plays in again and I think we saw every situation we needed to see out here.  The scrimmage presented two-minute situations and an overtime situation, all of those type of things.”

Overall Dantonio seemed pleased by what he saw on both sides of the ball.

“I thought our guys again were physical,” he said.  “I thought we ran around well, I thought we tackled well, and I thought our offensive line protected pretty well. Not nearly as many penalties (as in the first scrimmage), so that was a big positive, especially unforced ones. You saw some good things out there.

“It’s tough to say as you’re watching (the quarterbacks), you get a lot more out of the film, but we try and provide opportunities. I thought Tyler O'Connor was pretty sharp, especially early on in the practice. But we tried to give everybody reps with the ones a little bit and spread it around. I thought Damion Terry had a good scrimmage. That’s just me standing on the field here.

"Jon Reschke made a lot of plays today. He’s a very good football player. Our linebacker group is solid. We’ve got a lot of moving part there, so that’s a positive.”

While many have felt Dantonio has a way of making each scrimmage “controlled” he stressed that was not the case with the overtime.

“It’s amazing, I don’t create those, they just sort of happen,” he said.  “But 30-30 at the end, and the defense won in overtime; we made it so (the offense) had to score a touchdown in overtime to win. So it was good.”

The Spartans have two practices scheduled for next week before ending spring drills with the Green-White intrasquad game on Saturday at 3 p.m. in Spartan Stadium.

Tuesday will be the spring game player draft prior to the team’s practice.

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