EAST LANSING - Lost in Michigan State's 37-34 loss to Wisconsin yesterday, was Javon Ringer's great performance on the ground.
Ringer toted the ball just ten times but rang up 145 yard, and the junior helped set up two Spartans scores. Ringer's performance on just 10 carries was only 10 yards less than that of Wisconsin's P.J. Hill who carried 34 times by comparison
Ringer's 53-yard jaunt of left tackle set up Jehuu Caulcrick's two-yard run which tied it up 7-7 early in the first quarter.
Perhaps it was the play, that didn't occur that led to MSU's disappointment. With State backed up at their own 20-yard line facing a second-and-ten situation, Ringer burst through the line of scrimmage en route to a 70-yard scamper but was brought down by a touchdown saving tackle at the Wisconsin 10-yard line by Jonathan Cassilas.
MSU ended up settling for a field goal, rather than punching it in for the go-ahead touchdown. That, in the end would prove costly to the Spartans. Ringer added 88 yards in receiving, despite a couple of early drops giving him 233 all-purpose yards.
The Spartans showed tremendous heart and never gave up despite being down ten points in the fourth quarter.
Now MSU must show that they can get back up from disappointment and put in the same kind of effort when they host Northwestern in their Big Ten home opener.
Ringer's Great Performance Lost in Defeat
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