Yards were hard to come by for both Michigan State and Maryland on Saturday. The cold, wet and wintry weather certainly presented a challenge for both teams in Spartan Stadium.
Michigan State was able to do enough offensively, before the really nasty stuff came down, to come away with a victory. But it was still a pretty sloppy outing for both teams. It was a performance that co-offensive coordinator Dave Warner wasn’t too pleased with.
Following the win, Warner met with the media to talk about the offense. And he made it clear that, even with the weather, the Spartans needed to be more balanced on offense.
“We need to be balanced,” Warner said in a video posted by the Detroit Free Press. “We came into the game knowing we needed to run the football. That was the big emphasis all week, we did a good job. Our guys up front did a good job blocking…guys ran hard.
“We should have put it away in the first half. We can’t make it hard on ourselves like that.”
Michigan State finished the day with 291 yards, 271 yards on the ground. L.J. Scott led the way, racking up 147 yards and a touchdown on 29 carries.
Brian Lewerke and the passing attack had a lot of trouble with the weather, as the quarterback completed just 2-of-14 passes for 20 yards in the contest.
With the win, Michigan State improved to 8-3 on the season and 6-2 in B1G play. The Spartans finish the season next Saturday with a trip to Rutgers.
For the full interview with Warner, you can view it here.