Michigan State Football They dominated every facet of the game in a 34-7 loss to the Minnesota Golden Gophers on Saturday at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing.
The fans quickly grew restless as the Gophers marched up and down the field, while the Spartans’ offense seemed apathetic as they trailed 17-0 at halftime. In the middle of the rain, Minnesota outscored MSU, 310-45, with both teams making 19 first downs in the Big Ten opener, three for three.
MSU quarterback Peyton Thorne said this week that “it’s no time to panic” after throwing an interception on fourth-and-5 in a 39-28 loss at Washington and overturning receiver Jayden Reed deep for a touchdown. Thorne was 6-for-10 for 35 yards in the half.
In the game:Michigan State was crushed by Minnesota in an embarrassing 34-7 loss
Defensively, the Spartans had no answer early for quarterback Tanner Morgan and running back Muhammad Ibrahim. Morgan was 17-for-20 for 207 yards in the first half. Defensive end Jacoby Windmon punched out Ibrahim for the lone highlight of the half for MSU. But he wasted his momentum.
The Spartans then came out of the second half and quickly got inside the 10-yard line, where Thorne ran on a run that was recovered by Minnesota. The Gophers drove 90 yards for a touchdown. On the next possession, Thorne intercepted a screen pass leading to another Minnesota touchdown and a 31-0 lead. By the start of the fourth quarter, fans had seen enough and thousands emptied.
“Now I’m the horse’s football coach,” he told coach Mel Tucker this week. To be honest, that’s what I think. So we have to improve,” sampled the comment.