Michigan State players rip Denard Robinson during Michigan’s loss to Alabama

Michigan State kicked off its season on a positive note Friday night with a victory over No. 24 Boise State. Denard Robinson and company were not as fortunate on Saturday night as they were completely dominated by Alabama in all phases of the game. Most of us expected the Tide to be too much for Michigan, but the 41-14 loss made the Wolverines look undeserving of their top-10 preseason ranking.

Not surprisingly, the Michigan State players seemed to enjoy every second of Michigan’s rough evening. Many of them took to Twitter to rip Robinson  with a series of tweets that have since been deleted but were captured by MLive.com.

“Is this guy really a QB I’ll say my mans (walk-on Tommy Vento) is a better QB lol,” Linebacker Denicos Allen wrote. “S/O to my boy Vento by the way.”

“DENARD IS SOOOO BAD!” safety Kyle Artinian added. “And it makes me feel so good.”

“I can play quarterback for the school in blue,” Linebacker Jamal Lyles tweeted. “(Le’Veon Bell) for Heisman.”

As you may have seen, MSU running back Le’Veon Bell received an amazing 50 touches during the Spartans win over Boise State — including 44 rushing attempts for 210 yards. Robinson, who many believe is a strong Heisman Trophy candidate this season, completed only 11-of-26 passes for 200 yards and threw two interceptions. He ran the ball only 10 times for 27 yards and added a rushing touchdown.

Since it is so early in the year, we can’t really tell if the blowout loss Michigan suffered indicates that they are overrated or shows just how dominant Alabama will be again this season. In any event, Robinson shouldn’t needed any added motivation when taking on MSU in October. Clearly his rivals have very little respect for him.

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Video: Michigan State Hail Mary Beats Wisconsin 37-31

Michigan State beat Wisconsin 37-31 in East Lansing Saturday night thanks to a successful Hail Mary on the last play of the game. Kirk Cousins bombed a pass into the end zone that ended up caught by Keith Nichol who pushed his way to a touchdown. The play was ruled down at the one initially, but after it was reviewed, the Spartans were awarded the touchdown. Here is a video of the miracle play:

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The Waterboy Helped Inspire Michigan State Against Ohio State

There have been few people over the past 13 years or so who can tackle quite like Bobby Boucher. He may have only been the team’s water boy and had no prior football experience, but the guy could hit like a train. Get Boucher pissed off and watch out.

For that reason, it makes sense that a college coach would want to inspire his guys by taking a page out of the coach’s book who groomed Boucher into a tackling machine. Coach Klein advised Bobby to “visualize the attack,” which is exactly what Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio told his players to do during halftime of their 10-7 win over Ohio State last weekend.

After having watched the inspiration film The Waterboy as a team on Friday night, Dantonio gave the advice to his players during the break.  It must have worked, because the next thing you know linebacker Denicos Allen was jumping over a player to sack Ohio State quarterback Joe Bauserman.  Dantonio said the team plans to hang a picture of the play in the MSU football offices and caption it “The Waterboy.”

It is no surprise Boucher was able to motivate the Spartans to come up with a huge win.  He has inspired so many of us since his playing days in the late 90s, and it’s great to see the legend living on throughout college athletics nationwide.

Chest bump to Sports by Brooks Live for the story.

Fake Punt Helps Michigan State Avoid the Northwestern Upset

Michigan State entered Saturday’s game at Northwestern ranked 7th in the BCS Standings and first in the Big Ten with a 7-0 record. They had beaten Notre Dame on a crazy fake, taken down Wisconsin at home, and they pummeled Michigan on the road. With a big challenge at Iowa looming, Saturday at Evanston seemed like a trap game for the Spartans.

It certainly turned out that way, yet Michigan State prevailed with an impressive comeback.

The Spartans came back from down 17-0 in the second quarter to win 35-27. They caught a nice break early in the game when Northwestern lost a fumble at the Michigan State one-yard line on its third possession. Kirk Cousins threw a touchdown pass before halftime to get them on the board and they went into the half down 17-7. In the second half, Michigan State’s offense really came alive.

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scored on a reverse to pull the Spartans within three, but then they allowed another touchdown going down by 10. Michigan State reached into its bag of tricks again and ran a fake punt to convert a 4th down in Northwestern territory and they scored a touchdown right after that. Yet again, a fake on a special teams play gave them a huge lift. From there, Michigan State’s defense got stops (including a pick to seal the game), and the offense scored two more touchdowns to win it.

Michigan State isn’t blowing teams away and reminds me a lot of Iowa last year in terms of the way they’ve won games. It hasn’t always been pretty, but they keep coming out on top. Now they can turn their full attention to the Hawkeyes.

Photo Credit: AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh