As the old expression goes, all good things must come to an end.
I have been spending more than a reasonable amount of time reading the posts on the Red Cedar Message Board, and as could be predicted most everyone on there is at DefCon 1. Fire Roushar! Bench Maxwell! We suck!...blah, blah, blah.
I know that it's asking too much for "reason" from rabid MSU fans after a last-second loss to our bitter rival, but some of these RCMB threads are borderline insane.
I'm shocked at the level of contempt for Andrew Maxwell. He does need to improve his accuracy in long-range passing, but he's not the primary problem for MSU. A decimated offensive line and a lack of play makers on offense have really hurt the Spartans.
For the fourth year in a row, MSU's defense did a great job in containing Denard Robinson. MSU's defense did everything conceivable in giving the Spartans a chance to win the game, but the offense once again could not pick up the slack.
I don't know where MSU goes from here. The team now has three Big Ten losses by a combined six points. The Rose Bowl is out, as is a BCS bowl game. At this point, MSU will have to fight and scratch to get into any bowl game. I don't know what the psyche of the team will be, and the coaching staff faces one of its biggest challenges in keeping these guys' spirits up.