Smith Era Over at MSU: Penn St 17, MSU 13

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.

Michigan State season and the John L. Smith era came to a fitting end, with the team's fourth straight loss, 17-13 to Penn State.

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.

MSU won only one conference game (a come-from-behind win against Northwestern) and finished tied with Illinois for last in the conference

State jumped out to an early lead when walk-on safety Travis Key recovered a Penn State fumble and quarterback Brian Hoyer hit Kerry Reed from 11-yards out for a 7-0 Spartans lead.

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."


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