Well that “unhealthy” QB completed 36/39 pass attempts against UK unless you are saying he got injured late in that game. Altho looking at the stats I was a bit surprised that they also rushed it 35 times. I think that’s closer to balance than most MSU games this year.
Kentucky turnovers were the difference in that game. In the first half, Levis threw 2 picks inside the MSU red zone… yet State was only up 14-10 at the half.
In the 3rd quarter, UK turned it over twice more (another pick and a fumble) …… both times inside their own 30. State scored both times on short TD drives. Final was 31-17.
Rogers threw most every pass underneath coverage. Rarely did a completion occur 15 yards beyond the LOS. Most of the handful of 15+ yard pass plays were crossing routes with yards after the catch. Of his 36 completions, he averaged 9.5 yards. Impressive, still, for sure…. but it’s not like they stretched the field all night (what many Hog fans fear will happen to us).
Yes, they ran it 35 times… for 95 yards. 2.7 yards per carry. I’d take that run defense in a heartbeat.
Bottom line, we protect the ball, we cover the spread in this game.