Three Stars: Michigan State

Saturday started with hope but ended in more disappointment for the Gophers. The Spartans dominated the game from start to finish to hand the Gophers their ninth straight loss. Although the game was never close, three players had a huge role in Saturday's game.

The best player in the game on Saturday was Michigan State running back Edwin Baker. Baker gashed the Gopher defense all day, racking up 179 rushing yards on 27 carries and four touchdowns.

Baker started early and didn't let up until the end of the game. On the Spartan's first drive Baker had four carries for 61 yards including a 30-yard run for a touchdown.

With a depleted Gopher defensive line the Spartans took advantage, giving Baker the ball whenever they could. Baker's performance was the best against the Gophers since Chad Spann totaled 223 yards against Minnesota earlier this year.

The Gophers did have many bright points in the game on Saturday, but one of Minnesota's most consistent players game to player again.

Tight end Eric Lair has had a great season thus far and continued the trend on Saturday with four receptions for a game-high 59 receiving yards. Lair also made a deep catch down-field that was later ruled incomplete on a questionable review of the play.

The athletic Lair has been one of the top receiving tight ends in the conference and should continue his stellar play during the Gophers' last two games.

On Saturday, the Gophers were held to only eight points partially because of the great play of All-American linebacker Greg Jones.

As usual, Jones was all over the field, dominating another Big Ten offense. Against Minnesota Jones tallied a game-high nine tackles including 2.5 for a loss.

Jones hit his gaps and pursued well to stifle the Gophers' defense. On Saturday, Jones showed why he was an All-American and the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year last season.

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