The Spartans only managed 294 yards of total offense against the Boilermakers and only 112 in the passing game. They also only scored one touchdown on offense as the defense yet again scored to help the team out.
But Spartan fans shouldn’t panic, as everything is still in place for where the team wants to go. The Spartans improved to 6-1 on the season and are again bowl eligible.
They have another game against a weak Illinois team this Saturday, a game that should be very manageable. Then the Spartans will host Michigan in their biggest game of the year and the game that will determine the rest of the season for Michigan State.
The team might have struggled to move the ball offensively against Purdue, but it was a result of sloppy play, which is something can be cleaned up. In a game like the one Saturday where it was cold and rainy, sloppy execution can happen to the best of teams.
A chance to win the Legends Division and compete for a Big Ten Championship still lies in the hands of the Spartans, and if they can continue to improve in all phases of the game, they should be in the discussion come December.