October 21, 2007

Notebook: Wiley breaks funk, Saint-Dic sets record

COLUMBUS - Although Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio is not into moral victories, Saturday's 24-17 loss to No. 1-rated Ohio State in Columbus is the type of game that can define a new program.

sTrailing 17-0 at halftime, the situation was ripe for a lesser team to throw in the towel and play out the string. After falling behind 24-0 on a 50-yard bomb from Todd Boekman to Brian Robiskie early in the second half, it appeared it would take the Spartans everything they had to just make the game look respectable.

The Spartans, however, did even more than that. Led by a defense that blanked the Buckeyes the final 21 minutes of the game, Michigan State scored the final 17 points of the game and were one defensive stop from having an opportunity to tie the game.

"We showed a lot of character out there today," Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio said. "Our guys hung together and kept playing hard even though we were down big. It's a great feeling coaching that kind of athlete and that is the kind of attitude we want to create around this program."

Taking the lead in the comeback was the Spartan defense. After giving up 24 points to the Buckeye offense, the Spartan offense took matters into their own hands and scored 14 points climb back into the game.

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