Michigan State improved to 8-3 overall and 6-2 in the Big Ten with a 17-7 home win against Maryland on Saturday.
The Spartans held Maryland to 204 yards on offense, including 2.7 yards per rush. Michigan State put up 291 yards, with 271 coming on the ground.
Under poor weather conditions, Michigan State quarterback Brian Lewerke completed 2 of 14 passes for 20 yards. But he had 5 carries for 63 yards and a touchdown. LJ Scott led the team with 147 rushing yards and a touchdown.
Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio on the 17-7 win vs. Maryland
“Hey, we scratch and claw for wins. That’s all I can tell you, and I’m excited for the opportunity to play for nine wins next week.”
“We weren’t throwing the ball very effectively, obviously. The weather had a lot to do with that. … It was difficult to even see through the snow.”
On LJ Scott’s performance: “This was a very effective game for him. It’s a good point to launch from.”
“I thought our offense did a great job in the first quarter, the third quarter especially, taking time off the clock.”
On the offensive line: “We got movement and changed the line of scrimmage, and the rest of that was the running back.”
“I think our guys came back with the idea that last year was not normal. There are a lot of things that go into that, just like there are a lot of things that go into a Rose Bowl year. … When you win games and you win them close, that’s a positive. That’s an emotional positive.”
On his team’s defense: “We had to make the game at least one-dimensional, and I think we did do that. … They’ve got players. There are no hall passes in this league. Maryland came out and played hard.”
On the strength of the small crowd given the weather: “I could not yell to our players on the field, and they couldn’t hear. They were Spartan fans, and they were positive. They embraced it. … They should be congratulated, and the win is theirs as well.”
News on Mufi Hill-Hunt, who got injured last game: “Mufi’s out for the season. We lost him with an MCL, ACL.”