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The good and bad from Maryland's 37-15 loss to Michigan State

Maryland lost, 37-15, to No. 12 Michigan State at Byrd Stadium on Saturday. Here is what went well and what did not from a Terps perspective.

THE GOOD

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The defense

Michigan State, which entered Saturday averaging 44 points per game, scored just 16 points on offense until Maryland's defense began to wear down midway through the fourth quarter. Spartans quarterback Connor Cook completed just 14 of 31 passes and did not throw a touchdown, and running back Jeremy Langford was averaging only 3.8 yards per carry through three quarters.

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Led by inside linebacker Cole Farrand, outside linebacker Matt Robinson and defensive end Andre Monroe, the defense kept Maryland within striking distance until the midpoint of the fourth quarter, even while the Terps offense struggled to produce points and yards against Michigan State's defense.

Farrand had 18 tackles and two pass breakups. Robinson had nine tackles in his first game back from a shoulder injury, including one for a loss, and Monroe had a sack.

The crowd and energy

This was Maryland's second sellout of the season, and the crowd was engaged, loud and enthusiastic until an interception by C.J. Brown was returned for a touchdown late in the third quarter, allowing Michigan State to extend its lead to 23-7. The crowd began to clear out of the stadium after that play.

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Freshman wide receiver Juwann Winfree

Winfree was one of the few bright spots for Maryland on offense, catching four passes for 80 yards and a touchdown. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound freshman had a 27-yard catch over a Michigan State cornerback in the fourth quarter and got behind the Spartans defense for a 31-yard touchdown five plays later. The Terps are enthusiastic about Winfree's upside.

Will Likely on kick returns

Likely, the Terps' primary punt returner, averaged 32.6 yards on seven kick returns while filling in for Stefon Diggs.

Three of Likely's kick returns went for 38 yards or more, including one for 52 yards early in the second quarter that went to Michigan State's 41-yard line and set up a touchdown for the Terps.

THE BAD

Quarterback C.J. Brown

Brown completed only 20 of his 43 pass attempts and had three interceptions, including the deflating pick-six late in the third quarter. Brown was 12 of 31 for 136 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions before leading a late touchdown drive after Maryland was already down 30-7.

The Terps had some opportunities for big plays down the field throughout the game. But Brown, as he has been too often this season, was off-target, costing Maryland opportunities at potential big gains.

Brown's three interceptions were frustrating particularly to Terps coach Randy Edsall, who emphasized during the week that Maryland could not afford to turn the ball over against a team the caliber of Michigan State.

Running game

Maryland running backs are averaging less than 3.5 yards per carry during the last eight games, and the Terps finished with just 6 yards on 17 carries Saturday. Maryland was outmanned at the line of scrimmage, which left minimal room for the running backs.

Free safety Anthony Nixon

Nixon had an interception go through his hands early in the first quarter and was then responsible for the Terps' only two big defensive blunders before the fourth quarter.

Nixon was beaten for a 50-yard pass play that set up Michigan State's second field goal and then missed a tackle in the open field later that allowed a Spartans wide receiver to turn a short pass into a 62-yard gain, a big play that led to a touchdown for Michigan State.

Punter Nate Renfro

While Michigan State punter Mike Sadler averaged 46.3 yards per punt, Renfro averaged 37.2. Six of Renfro's final seven punts traveled 38 yards or less, including two that went just 29 yards.

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