Friday, January 1, 2016

Friday Hangover: Michigan State

The last time Alabama played Michigan State was after the 2010 season. With the help of Mark Ingram, Julio Jones, Trent Richardson, Greg McElroy, and many others, the Tide whipped the Spartans that day.

I was concerned about this game because this Michigan State squad had a highly regarded defense. 

The Spartans held Henry to 75 net yards and Drake to 60 net yards on the ground. However, Henry scored two touchdowns, and Coker and the receiving corps had an outstanding game. 

Ridley had a monster game: 8 receptions, 138 yards, and 2 TDs. Stewart caught 7 passes. Mullaney had some timely grabs. And O.J. Howard has 3 excellent receptions for 59 yards. 

The defense gave up some yardage in the passing game from time to time, but the D got a key stop at the end of the first half with Cyrus Jones's interception near the end zone. 

In addition to that important play, Jones set the single-season mark for punt returns for touchdowns since he had a sick punt return for TD in this game. This season he had four touchdowns on punt returns, which topped both David Palmer and Javy Arenas who had three in a season.

Robinson, Reed, Allen, and others all played well on the front three/four as usual, but Ryan Anderson and Tim Williams have really stepped up their games over the past few games. I'd like to see more of that in a little over a week. 

Next up is a match with the Clemson Tigers on January 11.

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