There’s no easy way to put it: The Mel Tucker era at Michigan State is off to a rough start.

In a game where the Spartans turned the ball over seven times, Michigan State lost to a Rutgers squad on Saturday that had not won a Big Ten game since 2017. It’s the first loss for Tucker since coming to East Lansing after serving as Colorado’s head coach.

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This turnover-filled performance for the Spartans included five fumbles and a pair of interceptions. To make matters worse, Michigan State also turned the ball over on downs twice.

Defensively, the Spartans allowed 38 points to a Scarlet Knight program that had 51 points in nine Big Ten games a season ago.

With those discouraging numbers, one sign of positivity is that this is just the beginning. It will be hard to bring a performance much worse.

Here’s what Tucker had to say after his debut with Michigan State.