Mel Tucker is keeping Michigan State’s postseason bowl hypes alive after a 27-21 home win over Rutgers in Week 11. After starting the season 2-0, Michigan State lost 4 consecutive games to enter November with an overall record of 3-5.

After the game, coach Tucker talked about his team’s performance against Rutgers and the importance to finish strong in November:

“Just a really good team win for us,” said Tucker. “Really proud of our players and our coaches and all our staff to remain focused.”

On facing Rutgers in a B1G grind, Tucker called the Scarlet Knights “a tough, hard-nosed football team. It was November Big Ten football.”

Tucker also noted the importance of finishing the regular season strong:

“It’s important to finish strong and play our best football in November.”

Michigan State accumulated 253 total yards, which was 7 fewer yards than Rutgers. The Spartans’ defense had a huge performance against the Scarlet Knights by accounting for 3 sacks, 6 tackles for loss, 5 pass breakups, and 7 quarterback hurries.

Michigan State (5-5; 3-4 in B1G play) will host Indiana (3-7; 1-6) in Week 12.