Snap counts, PFF grades: Michigan State has outperformed Indiana except on the scoreboard

EAST LANSING — Don’t be confused by the grades from Michigan State’s Saturday loss to Indiana.

Michigan State outplayed the Hoosiers in most aspects of the game, winning them nearly 2-to-1.

It lost in large part to issues with special teams and late-game bugs that don’t show up in the grades that often.

Here’s a look at the snap counts and some grades of the Spartans’ 39-31 double overtime loss to Indiana:

* Geno VanDeMark: 96

*Brandon Baldwin: 96

*Payton Thorne: 96

*JD Duplain: 96

*Nick Samac: 96

*Spencer Brown: 96

*Jayden Reed: 95

*Keon Coleman: 85

Maliq Carr: 66

*Tre Mosley: 65

*Daniel Barker: 61

Elijah Collins: 49

*Jalen Berger: 41

Montorie Foster: 11

Jarek Broussard: 6

Germie Bernhard: 1

* Kendell Brooks: 53

*Cal Haladay: 53

* Ameer speed: 53

*Charles Brantley: 50

* Xavier Henderson: 50

* Jacob Slade: 43

* Simeon Barrow: 39

*Avery Dunn: 38

* Ben Van Sumeren: 38

Aaron Brule: 28

Michael Fletcher: 24

* Jalen hunt: 21

*Chester Kimbrough: 21

Derrick Harmon: 18

Dashaun Mallory: 16

Jaden Mangam: 14

Malik Spencer: 11

Underdog Hanson: 10

Ma’a Gaoteote: 3

* Michigan State’s running defense has taken a hit over the past two weeks with two of the worst-rated performances of the season — a result partly attributed to many key figures on the defensive line. Pro Football Focus ranked the Spartans for 11 missed tackles on Saturday.

* Elijah Collins was Michigan State’s top-rated offensive player with a 79.1 and now has a higher season grade than during his 2019 breakout season when he was a nearly 1,000-yard rusher. On Saturday, PFF rated him for 84 yards from contact and five forced missed tackles.

*Defensive End Michael Fletcher was the Spartans’ highest-rated defensive end, having by far his best grade of the 2022 season at 75.7. He was credited with two defensive stops that represent a “failure” to the opposition’s offense.

* Michigan State was rated high in most aspects of the game, with their biggest problems lying in running defense and special teams. The Spartans’ overall offensive score was the second-highest of the season and their passing score was third-highest despite difficult conditions. PFF ranked Michigan State as the best pass-blocking game of the year.

* Another indication of how strong Michigan State was in most aspects, except for the scoreboard: Michigan State’s 96 offensive snaps were by far the most of the season, surpassing the 84 against Akron, and his 53 defensive snaps were the fewest of the season.

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