Martinez had the defense ready to play today.
I don’t care how much anyone wants to argue that the MSU offense isn’t the greatest unit out there, that was an impressive performance by the Dawg D in the first half. Those kids could have easily folded after the barrage of turnovers and special teams screw ups – hey, it’s happened before – but they sucked it up and kept the Spartans out of the end zone.
Kudos in particular to Byrd and Ellerbe, who turned in their best performances of the season, and to the interior defensive line. Six sacks and Javon Ringer kept under control is pretty much how the coaching staff drew it up.
It’s something to build on for next year, I hope.