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No. 17 Michigan State hosts Maryland hoping for strong finish

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Following the most lopsided loss since he became Michigan State's head coach, Mark Dantonio expects his team to win the rest of its games.

The No. 17 Spartans were dismantled by Ohio State 48-3 on Saturday, a humbling experience for a team coming off an upset of Penn State the previous week. Michigan State has very little hope of reaching the Big Ten title game after falling behind the Buckeyes in the East Division standings but they stand a good chance of finishing strong.

The Spartans (7-3) play two conference teams with losing records -- Maryland and Rutgers -- to end the regular season. Then, they will play in a bowl after finishing 3-9 last season.

Their home finale is this Saturday afternoon against the Terrapins (4-6).

"Our goal is to finish out," said Dantonio, who took over Michigan State's program after the 2006 season. "Our goal is to win 10 football games this season. I think that would be a tremendous thing that we've done. We've competed for a championship. Now, let's not go backwards."

Dantonio doesn't seem particularly concerned about his team's ability to respond to a crushing defeat. The Spartans reeled off four consecutive conference victories after a 20-point loss to Notre Dame at home in September. The victory over the Nittany Lions came a week after a triple-overtime loss at Northwestern.

"Young people are resilient," he said. "They practiced yesterday and it was business as usual. Guys were dancing to some music and things of that nature. I feel a little bit ticked off still but they can let it go."

They can probably let go of any hope to win the division. They would need Ohio State to lose to both Illinois and Michigan along with winning their last two games.

Considering how thoroughly they were thrashed by the Buckeyes, they just need to worry about regaining their confidence before Saturday's kickoff. Ohio State racked up 524 offensive yards, including 335 on the ground. The Spartans averaged fewer than two yards a carry and sophomore quarterback Brian Lewerke completed fewer than half of his passes while getting picked off twice.

Lewerke had set a school record by passing for 400 yards in each of the team's two previous games.

"He's been solid. He's been 75 percent pretty consistent," Dantonio said. "I don't think he played his best game, certainly, last week. And we need to have our quarterback to play his best game. But there's a lot of things that enter into that, pressure and protection and being able to run the ball situationally, what the score is.

"I think Brian Lewerke has a chance to be an excellent quarterback, one of the better ones we've had here at Michigan State since I've been here, which is a big statement, because we've had some good ones."

Maryland's quarterback situation has been in a state of flux because of injuries. Coach D.J. Durkin is hopeful that sophomore Max Bortenschlager will return this week after missing a 35-10 loss to Michigan on Saturday with a shoulder injury. Bortenschlager has completed 51.2 percent of his passes, including 10 for touchdowns, while only getting intercepted five times.

Sophomore Ryan Brand started against the Wolverines and passed for just 136 yards with one touchdown while getting intercepted twice. Brand was the fourth Maryland quarterback to get a start.

"We don't have many more guys at the position. We've had to use them all," Durkin said. "That's what we've got. I think we'll be here, day-to-day, going through the week with Max. But I anticipate he'll be ready to go. Like I've said before, Max is a really tough kid, great competitor."

Durkin's team needs to beat the Spartans and Penn State in its last two games to become bowl eligible.

"We don't talk about it. Obviously our guys know it, but what are we going to do? We have to worry about Michigan State," he said. "We've got to worry about this game. No matter who you're playing that week, if your focus isn't on the team you're playing, you're going to have a problem. It's all about finding a way to go get a win on the road at Michigan State."

The Terrapins recorded a 28-17 home win over the Spartans last season.

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Scoring Summary
No Scoring Plays
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Maryland 4-6 -----
17 Michigan State 7-3 -----
0 AVG PASS YDS 0
0 AVG RUSH YDS 0
0 AVG TOTAL YDS 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
M. Bortenschlager 18 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
-% - - - -
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
51.2% 1007 10 5 113.7
M. Bortenschlager 88/172 1007 10 5
K. Hill 11 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
-% - - - -
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
85.7% 230 2 0 209.1
K. Hill 18/21 230 2 0
R. Brand 16 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
-% - - - -
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
51.1% 204 1 2 86.0
R. Brand 24/47 204 1 2
T. Pigrome 3 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
-% - - - -
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
75% 175 2 1 235.8
T. Pigrome 9/12 175 2 1
D. Moore 1 WR
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
-% - - - -
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
100% 21 0 0 276.4
D. Moore 1/1 21 0 0
J. Funk 34 RB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
-% - - - -
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
100% 3 0 0 125.2
J. Funk 1/1 3 0 0
L. Harrison III 2 RB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
-% - - - -
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
0% 0 0 0 0.0
L. Harrison III 0/1 0 0 0
C. Henderson 8 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
-% - - - -
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
0% 0 0 0 0.0
C. Henderson 0/1 0 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
T. Johnson 6 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
119 770 5
T. Johnson 119 770 5 74
L. Harrison III 2 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
117 512 2
L. Harrison III 117 512 2 36
J. Funk 34 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
25 142 4
J. Funk 25 142 4 53
J. Leake 20 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
7 103 2
J. Leake 7 103 2 61
T. Pigrome 3 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
11 64 1
T. Pigrome 11 64 1 25
D. Moore 1 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
5 61 1
D. Moore 5 61 1 24
K. Hill 11 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
12 60 1
K. Hill 12 60 1 16
R. Brand 16 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
7 45 0
R. Brand 7 45 0 26
M. Bortenschlager 18 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
60 21 2
M. Bortenschlager 60 21 2 18
T. Jacobs 12 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 6 0
T. Jacobs 2 6 0 9
C. Henderson 8 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
5 -2 0
C. Henderson 5 -2 0 2
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
D. Moore 1 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
64 857 8
D. Moore 64 857 8 52
T. Jacobs 12 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
40 482 5
T. Jacobs 40 482 5 46
J. Davenport 9 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
8 98 0
J. Davenport 8 98 0 19
J. Veii 84 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
10 67 0
J. Veii 10 67 0 12
T. Johnson 6 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 60 1
T. Johnson 5 60 1 24
D. Turner 10 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 29 0
D. Turner 4 29 0 22
L. Harrison III 2 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
8 22 0
L. Harrison III 8 22 0 11
R. Brand 16 QB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 21 0
R. Brand 1 21 0 21
J. Funk 34 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 4 1
J. Funk 1 4 1 4
Defense T-A SACK INT
J. Woods 10 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
- - -
SEASON T-A INT SACK
11-3 2 0.0
J. Woods 11-3 0.0 2
J. Jackson 7 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
- - -
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 3 0.0
J. Jackson 0-0 0.0 3
D. Savage Jr. 4 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
- - -
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 3 0.0
D. Savage Jr. 0-0 0.0 3
A. Brooks 25 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
- - -
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 2 0.0
A. Brooks 0-0 0.0 2
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
H. Darmstadter 95 K
IN-GAME FG XP
-/- -/-
SEASON FG XP
6/9 30/30
H. Darmstadter 6/9 0 30/30 48
A. Greene 3 K
IN-GAME FG XP
-/- -/-
SEASON FG XP
1/3 6/6
A. Greene 1/3 0 6/6 9
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
B. Lewerke 14 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
-% - - - -
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
59.8% 2338 16 7 126.8
B. Lewerke 210/351 2338 16 7
T. Jackson 86 WR
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
-% - - - -
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
100% 5 0 0 142.0
T. Jackson 1/1 5 0 0
D. Terry 6 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
-% - - - -
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
0% 0 0 0 0.0
D. Terry 0/3 0 0 0
C. Heyward 11 RB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
-% - - - -
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
0% 0 0 0 0.0
C. Heyward 0/1 0 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
L. Scott 3 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
135 584 5
L. Scott 135 584 5 44
B. Lewerke 14 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
93 370 3
B. Lewerke 93 370 3 61
M. London 28 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
67 266 2
M. London 67 266 2 50
G. Holmes 24 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
52 162 0
G. Holmes 52 162 0 16
D. Stewart Jr. 25 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
20 140 0
D. Stewart Jr. 20 140 0 46
F. Davis III 18 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 16 0
F. Davis III 1 16 0 16
C. White 7 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 8 0
C. White 2 8 0 5
H. Rison 5 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 7 0
H. Rison 2 7 0 9
C. Heyward 11 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 3 0
C. Heyward 2 3 0 3
M. deWeaver 10 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
4 -1 0
M. deWeaver 4 -1 0 20
Ma. Sokol 81 TE
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 -4 0
Ma. Sokol 1 -4 0 0
J. Hartbarger 25 P
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 -28 0
J. Hartbarger 1 -28 0 0
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
F. Davis III 18 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
45 586 8
F. Davis III 45 586 8 36
D. Stewart Jr. 25 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
42 442 2
D. Stewart Jr. 42 442 2 40
C. White 7 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
30 407 2
C. White 30 407 2 60
H. Rison 5 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
18 223 0
H. Rison 18 223 0 26
Ma. Sokol 81 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
18 176 1
Ma. Sokol 18 176 1 18
T. Jackson 86 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
11 143 0
T. Jackson 11 143 0 22
L. Scott 3 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
17 107 1
L. Scott 17 107 1 26
G. Holmes 24 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
7 78 1
G. Holmes 7 78 1 25
M. London 28 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
8 59 1
M. London 8 59 1 16
C. Chambers 21 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 54 0
C. Chambers 4 54 0 29
L. Nelson 13 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 29 0
L. Nelson 3 29 0 23
M. Dotson 89 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 19 0
M. Dotson 2 19 0 12
N. Davis 84 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 9 0
N. Davis 2 9 0 7
C. Heyward 11 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 6 0
C. Heyward 3 6 0 5
B. Lewerke 14 QB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 5 0
B. Lewerke 1 5 0 5
Defense T-A SACK INT
D. Dowell 6 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
- - -
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 5 0.0
D. Dowell 0-0 0.0 5
J. Layne 2 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
- - -
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
J. Layne 0-0 0.0 1
T. Smith 15 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
- - -
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
T. Smith 0-0 0.0 1
J. Bachie 35 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
- - -
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 2 0.0
J. Bachie 0-0 0.0 2
K. Willis 27 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
- - -
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
K. Willis 0-0 0.0 1
J. Scott 22 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
- - -
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
J. Scott 0-0 0.0 1
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
M. Coghlin 4 K
IN-GAME FG XP
-/- -/-
SEASON FG XP
10/14 26/26
M. Coghlin 10/14 0 26/26 56
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD