Many Michigan State fans may be looking for the season to end sooner rather than later. The off-field issues that have plagued the team have translated to on-field performance. The team moved to 2-4 and 0-3 in conference play after a 27-24 Saturday loss to the Rutgers Scarlet Knights.
The Spartans had a chance to win the game, taking a 24-6 lead into the 4th quarter. But that’s when things started to unravel. A special teams miscue led to a fumble return touchdown to cut the lead to 11, Rutgers next drive ended with a touchdown and two-point conversion to cut the lead to 3, and the ensuing kickoff ended with another Michigan State special teams miscue that saw Rutgers take advantage. They punched it in from 21 yards out for the game winning score.
In quarterback Noah Kim’s absence, redshirt freshman Katin Houser performed well, finishing the day with 133 yards and two touchdowns. Ultimately, it wasn’t enough, however, as the special teams mistakes and three lost fumbles did the Spartans in.
Things don’t get easier for the team, as they welcome in-state rivals Michigan to Spartan Stadium on Saturday, October 21st in primetime. It will be an uphill battle to take down the Wolverines, who are currently 7-0 and ranked number two in the county.