Michigan State was shut out for the first time under Mark Dantonio's tenure as head coach, and it came at the worst time. The Spartans lost 38-0 to Alabama in the College Football Playoffs Semi-Finals. After shutting down Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry for most of the game, Alabama quarterback Jake Coker torched the Spartans deep numerous times, as the Tide ran away with the game. This one hurts, after waiting nearly three weeks for the game, you would like to see a better performance by the Spartans. MSU got off to a great start, shutting down the Tide for the first quarter, while being able to move the ball, but once Alabama discovered it could throw deep, the Spartans lost confidence.
Let's take a look at three factors on how the Spartans lost.
1. Connor Cook's interception. If you could pick any play in the game to erase, it would be Cook's interception right before halftime. The Spartans were driving down the field, ready to score either a touchdown or a field goal to make it 10-7 or 10-3. That score would of been huge, to keep the Spartans in the game and give them [..]