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Michigan State football needs a short-term memory against Minnesota’s run-first offense

EAST LANSING — Mel Tucker said watching the tape of Michigan State football’s performance Saturday provided “exactly what we thought we’d see.”

Very little of it good. Especially on defense.

“It was embarrassing,” senior safety Kendell Brooks said Tuesday. “We got a lot of things we need to clean up.”

There isn’t any time for the Spartans to dwell or overanalyze what went wrong in their 39-28 defeat at Washington. MSU went right back to work to prepare for a visit from Minnesota on Saturday to open Big Ten play.

The mistakes from last week become more costly if the Spartans (2-1) repeat them this week against the Gophers, who arrive with a 3-0 record and the current front-runner to win the West Division. MSU, meantime, continues to harbor hope of shaking off the nonconference road loss and running the table in the East.

Michigan State wide receiver Keon Coleman sits on the bench with a towel on his head late in the second half of an NCAA college football game against Washington, Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)

“Everything that we set out to do at the beginning of the season is still on the table,” senior linebacker Ben VanSumeren said. “We’re playing Big Ten ball now, so obviously it makes us lock back in because everything is right there. And it starts this week, so we gotta have a short-term memory and we need to move on right now.”

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That has been a key for Tucker throughout his tenure, quickly putting the previous game in the past. The sense of urgency to do so increases after a loss, just the third for the Spartans in the past two seasons — especially when the problems, coaches felt in watching the game film, were all-encompassing.

On defense, the same issues MSU’s…


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