Spartan Football Bounces Back at Maryland

COLLEGE PARK, MD. – Special teams and defense were key in No. 12 Michigan State’s road to a 37-15 victory over Maryland.

A rarity for this season, Connor Cook was unable to find the end zone for the entire game.  Cook had sixteen consecutive games with a touchdown pass until Saturday. Michael Geiger picked up the slack for Michigan State’s offense, making three out of four field goal attempts, all in the first half.

Geiger, who has struggled this season, feels he is getting his groove back despite missing a 47-yarder in the second quarter. According to Geiger, staying mentally focused and getting through a slump is key to his success.

Geiger on Kicking Struggles:


In addition to Geiger’s contribution, Jeremy Langford was able to carry the load for the Spartan offense. Langford rushed 25 times for 138 yards and two touchdowns.

Defense Returns to Form

Michigan State’s defense held Maryland to just six rushing yards, 11 first downs and forced four turnovers. On Maryland’s first drive of the game, Kurtis Drummond intercepted a C.J. Brown pass. R.J. Williamson grabbed his second pick-six of the year, and Darian Hicks also came away with an interception.

R.J. Williamson on His Interception:


Mark Dantonio was pleased with his defensive performance, and most importantly with the win. After the game he spoke on his team’s resilience, bouncing back from the loss to Ohio State last week.

Dantonio on MSU’s Performance:


Many Michigan State fans made the trip to Maryland for the game, which was anticipated by Dantonio.

Dantonio on MSU’s Following:


With Ohio State narrowly defeating Minnesota on Saturday, Michigan State is likely out of contention for a Big Ten East championship.

Their only hope would be for an improbable two consecutive losses for the Buckeyes.

Regardless, the Spartans are still on pace for another ten-win season and top tier bowl game. Michigan State will play its final home game next Saturday against Rutgers and then their season finale at Penn State after Thanksgiving.

Bradley Allen is a multimedia journalist for Impact Sports

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