It was a defensive battle between Maryland and Michigan State to start the game. Terrapins' quarterback Josh Jackson threw an interception to Josiah Scott in his first drive. Maryland answered back by intercepting two passes of their own split between Marcus Lewis and Deonte Banks.
The 7-3 lead in the first quarter, after the 44-yard touchdown pass to Dontay Demus, was the first lead for the Terrapins since their matchup with the Indiana Hoosiers.
Though Demus is not considered to be a No. 1 receiver for Maryland, he certainly was being treated like one. He caught seven passes for 96 yards and one touchdown. He came in today's game being the Terrapins top receiver across the stat sheet. The 6-foot-3 200-pound sophomore remains a player Maryland would like to retain in Locksley's rebuild effort of the Terrapins' football program.
Maryland did a great job getting the run game going against Michigan State. Sophomore running back Anthony McFarland gave the Terrapins life on the offense when there was no momentum. He broke free for a 43-yard gain and a 63-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. The 5-foot-9 198-pound running back gashed the Spartans on the outside, proving to be too fast for the Spartans' linebackers.
As for the quarterback position, Jackson continues to be the most inconsistent player on the offense. Many of his passes sailed over the reach of the Terrapins' receivers. He fumbled the ball in Michigan State territory after trying to tuck it away. There were many open receivers today and Jackson's inaccuracies left too many plays on the field.
Despite the interceptions made by the Terrapins, Spartans' quarterback Brian Lewerke brought Maryland back down to earth. He threw for 343 passing yards, exploiting the Terrapins' secondary. Cody White finished the night with 84 yards on four catches and Tre Mosley was reliable with eight catches for 73 yards.
Here is another problem with Maryland. The team had an opportunity to tie the game, after McFarland's 40-yard kickoff return in their final drive. Less than two minutes in the game and near midfield, there was plenty of time for the Terrapins to get in field goal range. In their final drive, Jackson could not complete any passes to his receivers. Locksley should have ran the ball, instead of putting the game in Jackson's hands.
Spartans' 6-0 run in the fourth quarter thanks to the field goals by Matt Coghlin was enough for them to walk away with a victory over the Terrapins. Michigan State improves to 6-6 on the season as Maryland close out their year on a seven-game losing streak with a 3-9 record.