The Spartans have never been able to build any momentum under Smith's finesse style of play. They start quickly and fizzle out like a wet firecracker. This year was no different and the ending was similar to season's past.
But MSU couldn't take advantage of a mistake-proned Lions team turned the ball over twice more managing only a field goal to take a 13-7 halftime lead.
MSU dropped passes (seven), suffered from special teams miscues (a blocked punt and two missed field goals) and couldn't field any semblance of a run game.
The Spartans threw the ball a ridiculous 62 times while only attempting to run it fifteen times, not the soundess of game plans. "We should have thrown it 100% of the time," said a half-joking Smith, "maybe we would have stood a chance."
Smith utttered what could be the theme of his tenure at Michigan State, "there were a lot of chances that we had, we just didn't get it done."