September 23, 2012

Postgame Video: Coordinators, Bell, and Maxwell

EAST LANSING - Pat Narduzzi saw his defense hold an opponent under 100 rushing yards for the third time during the first month of the 2012 football season in a 23-7 victory over Eastern Michigan on Saturday.

One week after the Eagles averaged a surprising 4.56 yards per rush and totaled 169 yards on 37 carries against a stout Purdue defense, the Spartans held Eastern Michigan to 46 rushing yards on 29 carries.

The Spartans limited Eastern Michigan to 1.6 yards per carry despite playing an entire half with starting defensive end William Gholston on the sideline.

Gholston played extensively in the second half. But Narduzzi started redshirt freshman Shilique Calhoun because Gholston had missed extensive practice time while nursing minor injuries last week. Calhoun wasn't the only first-time starter on the Spartan defensive line, as James Kittredge started in place of Anthony "Rashad" White, who, like Gholston, missed practice time while recovery from minor injuries.

"We have several guys who can play," said Narduzzi. "We have to make more plays. But every year is a little different. I am happy where we are, but we need to be more dominant. I like the guys I get to coach every day."

Click Below for Narduzzi's postgame comments.

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