Pouncy: How Michigan State continues to peel back the layers of a winning football team

EAST LANSING, Mich. — This game looked over. Finished. Like we were close to seeing a crowd of 70,332 here for a night game at The Woodshed frantically exit stage left to avoid being spectators while a sea of red and white paraded around midfield.

Michigan State, evidently, missed that memo.

“We never really felt like we didn’t have a chance,” safety Xavier Henderson said. “Coach (Mel) Tucker always talks about not flinching. … We never really felt like we were gonna lose.”

In a game that went down to the wire and then some, No. 20 Michigan State (4-0) escaped with a 23-20 comeback victory over in overtime Nebraska (2-3) on Saturday night at Spartan Stadium. How exactly it happened is a question that could still reasonably be asked, even now that the dust has settled. That’s because, for much of the night, Michigan State simply was outplayed.

Entering Saturday’s game, the book on this Michigan State team would’ve read like this: Running back Kenneth Walker III is going to make your defense question its ability to tackle, on his way to an impressive game on the ground. Quarterback Payton Thorne is going to take care of the football, make the right reads and get the ball to his playmakers. Those playmakers, Jayden Reed and


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