Mel Tucker addresses loss to Purdue, ‘goals still ahead of us’

Saturday was not a great day for the Michigan State Spartans. The #3 team in the nation went into West Lafayette to face a Purdue Boilermaker team that had 16 wins over top-5 teams, leading the nation. They added to that number with a 40-29 victory over the Spartans, who sputtered all over the field all day.

The Spartans were without some key players including Matt Coghlin, who was not available due to being “sore,” according to coach Mel Tucker.

The Spartans could not get off the field on third downs, allowing Purdue quarterback, Aiden O’Connell to complete 9-13 third-down passes, and keep the ball away from MSU’s explosive offense. On the day, O’Connell was 40/54 for 536 yards and 3 touchdowns. Yet, Tucker gave the ultimate “coachspeak” for this game, explaining that MSU still controls their own destiny and that he still believes in his players.

It is true that the Spartans still control their own destiny with matchups still against Maryland, Ohio State, and Penn State on the horizon. If they can get it together and win those games, they will be in Indianapolis at the end of the regular season. There are plenty of holes that need to be plugged, many of which were exposed today, but as Tucker believes, the season is not over.

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