Michigan State’s offense was simply dreadful when it came to putting points on the board against Arizona State.
Criticism of the offense is more than warranted. However, the complete stat line put up by Brian Lewerke and company has many layers to it.
First of all, the Spartans actually moved the ball effectively at times throughout the afternoon. Michigan State posted 404 yards of total offense and went 9-for-17 on third-down conversions. Additionally, the unit had six drives of 8+ plays in the game.
Unfortunately, all the yardage and production led to just one touchdown for the Spartans. They went 0-for-3 on field goals and left with just seven points on the afternoon. There are plenty of issues to point to from the game, but there’s no denying it was a bad performance for Mark Dantonio and company.
But just how bad was the performance? According to MLive.com’s Kyle Austin, MSU became the first team since USC in the 2017 Cotton Bowl to finish a game with more than 400 yards of offense and just seven points:
Michigan State had 400+ yards of total offense and just 7 points last night. That hadn't happened in a college football game since USC in the 2017 Cotton Bowl
— Kyle Austin (@kylebaustin) September 15, 2019
A big problem for USC in that game was turnovers as the Trojans had four. That was not a big issue for Michigan State with just one turnover against the Sundevils.
Regardless of the outcome, Dantonio and the offense better find a solution and fast. Michigan State begins B1G play with a trip to Northwestern in Week 4.