Michigan State football eked out a 19-16 win over Maryland, the Spartans’ 6th win that gets them bowl eligible at 6-6, Nov. 30, 2019.
Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press
EAST LANSING – Here are the Michigan State football players who helped or hurt their stock in the Spartans’ 19-16 win over Maryland on Saturday:
DTs Mike Panasiuk/Raequan Williams
It was a fond farewell to Spartan Stadium in the seniors’ final home game. Panasiuk played as if his long beard was on fire in the fourth quarter, recording 2.5 of his five tackles with the outcome hanging in the balance and 1.5 of those for a loss. He also recovered a fumble in the third quarter. Williams, his interior line partner, had two tackles, a half-sack and a QB hurry; his 41st career start tied Shilique Calhoun for the most in coach Mark Dantonio’s 13-season tenure. Williams said he plans to play in MSU’s bowl game, which would give him sole possession of the record.
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Michigan State’s Tre Mosley runs on a pass reception against Maryland’s Antoine Brooks Jr. during the second half Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019, in East Lansing. MSU won 19-16. (Photo: Al Goldis, AP)
WR Tre Mosley
A decision that cost Mosley his redshirt also likely got the Spartans bowl eligible. The freshman set season-bests with eight catches and a team-leading 73 receiving yards. Half of those receptions came in the fourth quarter on MSU’s final two drives that ended with Matt Coghlin’s tying and winning field goals. In just five games this season, Mosley has 17 catches, fourth-best on the team, and his 166 yards are fifth-best.
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RB Anthony Williams
It’s hard to call the freshman a running back any more. Williams spent much of the second half of the season flanked out wide and used on jet sweeps before Jalen Nailor’s return. But when he did go in the backfield Saturday, offensive coordinator Brad Salem used Williams to leak out in pass routes wide open against the unsuspecting Maryland defense for five catches and 63 yards as part of his 115 all-purpose yards.
MSU run game
The Spartans’ trio of RBs and QB Brian Lewerke combined for just 88 rushing yards and a 2.4-yard average against a Maryland defense that entered Saturday allowing 186.1 yards per game. Dantonio said starter Elijah Collins came into the game “70%” with an ankle injury, and the redshirt freshman looked limited on his 15 carries for 41 yards. Williams struggled on his five carries for 13 yards, a total buoyed by an 11-yard run. Freshman Brandon Wright burned his redshirt by rushing five times, for 5 yards, in his fifth game.
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WR Jalen Nailor
Back to those jet sweeps. Nailor got hurt again on one, leaving the game with an apparent injury in the third quarter. The sophomore had two runs for 6 yards and two catches for 14 yards Saturday. If he is healthy for the bowl, Nailor still should be able to take a redshirt because he has played in just three games this season. However, the injury concern for the former Nevada state track champion is legitimate; he has missed 14 games in two seasons and played in just 11.
Nov 30, 2019; East Lansing, MI, USA; Maryland Terrapins wide receiver Brian Cobbs (15) is tackled by Michigan State Spartans cornerback Shakur Brown (29) during the first quarter a game at Spartan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports (Photo: Mike Carter, Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports)
CB Shakur Brown
The sophomore started again opposite Josiah Scott, and he got beat for both of Maryland’s touchdowns. On the first, WR Dontay Demus blew by Brown on a streak down the sideline and had at least two steps on him for a 44-yard TD catch. On the second, Brown got blocked out of the play initially and failed to catch RB Anthony McFarland on his 63-yard scoring run. The same thing happened on McFarland’s 43-yard run later in the third quarter.