Last Look Back Defense: Ohio State

We take one last look at Saturday's loss to Ohio State looking at each position on the defensive side of the ball.

Each week we'll take a look back at each side of the football from the previous game before moving on to the next one. The Spartans defense showed it is still a defense to be reckoned with against Ohio State. However, a few key plays not made by Pat Narduzzi's defensive unit showed there is still work to be done.

We're sure you'll find our grade card reflecting the failures and success of the defense as a group.


The defensive front provided no quarterback hurries or sacks against the Buckeyes on Saturday. Leading the way was Marcus Rush with five tackles and a forced fumble. William Gholston posted four stops with one for a loss while Anthony Rashad White, Micajah Reynolds and James Kittredge all made the stat sheet. With the team totaling 40 solo tackles on the day, members of the front four only posted nine of them or just over 22% of them. With that said, the defensive front is allowing for the linebackers to make plays.

Spartan Digest Grade B-


The middle of the Spartans defense continues to make plays as Max Bullough, Chris Norman and Denicos Allen all were in the Top Four on the tackles chart. The group played solid throughout the game with Norman posting the only sack on the day and Bullough forcing a fumble.

Spartan Digest Grade A


Isaiah Lewis was all over the field posting 10 total tackles on the day to go with a pass breakup. Johnny Adams failed to make a major play late in the third quarter on the Braxton Miller to Devin Smith 63-yard touchdown hurting the Spartans chances of holding on for the win. Take out that play and the Buckeyes passing attack just scratches over 100 yards on the day.

Spartan Digest Grade B+

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