Michigan State has lost three straight games, including the first two matchups in the Big Ten. As a result, incumbent quarterback Tyler O’Connor will not start behind center, handing the position over to freshman Brian Lewerke.
The decision, announced by head coach Mark Dantonio on the Big Ten Network at game time, came after a week-long battle between O’Connor, junior Damion Terry and Lewerke. It’s Lewerke’s first career start, and he had thrown just four passes all season before taking the job.
O’Connor has thrown for 976 yards this season with a 60.9 percent completion percentage. He had five interceptions in five games. Terry had one interception in his 10 pass attempts.