After latest rocky outing, Michigan State benches Lombardi vs Indiana
The hero of Michigan State’s upset win of Michigan has been subbed out of Saturday’s game against Indiana.
Quarterback Rocky Lombardi did not start the season well, throwing two interceptions in the season opener against Rutgers. However, he followed that up with an incredibly impressive performance against Michigan.
That performance against the Wolverines netted Lombardi national exposure as he did not turn the ball over and threw three touchdowns in the upset win. Unfortunately, things have not gone well since then.
In the Week 3 blowout loss to Iowa, Lombardi completed just 45.9% of his passes and had three first-half interceptions, including a pick-six. He followed that up with two early interceptions in Week 4 against Indiana. Lombardi is currently 3-for-7 passing for 21 yards with two interceptions.
After his latest turnover, head coach Mel Tucker has made a change at quarterback, benching Lombardi in favor of Payton Thorne. Thorne quickly rattled off a 38-yard run but has since gone 0-for-2 passing with a sack to end that drive.
It will be interesting to see what happens at the position moving forward, but it felt like some change or decision had to be made.