By Jonathan Okanes
Saturday, August 30th, 2008 at 6:54 pm in Gameday.
Obviously, that wasn’t the greatest moment for Nate Longshore. What started out as a pretty good relief effort turned into disaster. You have to wonder how much Longshore will see the field again in the near future. It will likely take an injury to really ineffective play by Kevin Riley to make it happen. And I wouldn’t bet on Riley going in the tank.
A nice gesture by Riley as well: As Longshore returned to the field after throwing an interception that was returned for a touchdown, he was showered with boos. Riley started to warm up on the sidelines, and motioned to the student section to knock off the booing. Pretty good teammate.
The Bears have to be happy with their first half in the 3-4 defense. MIchigan State hasn’t moved the ball very consistently, and they’re doing a pretty good job against the run. Stopping the run was the biggest concern coming into the game in the 3-4, especially against the Spartans’ potent ground game, led by Javon Ringer.
Cornerback Syd’Quan Thompson has had a terrific game, capped off with his interception at the end of the first half. MSU receivers simply cann’t get open against him,a nd he’s been around the ball consistently.
After a slow start, Jahvid Best is showing up in the boxscore. He has 63 yards on 12 carries and 58 yards on four catches.
Kevin Riley is 7-for-9 for 91 yards. Tight end Cameron Morrah has three catches for 63 yards.
Ringer has just 39 yards on 14 carries. Quarterback Bryan Moyer has struggled, going 9-for-22 for 107 yards and a pick.
More to come….