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No. 8 Michigan St still tweaking its defense

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(AP) — The pieces are in place. Now Michigan State’s defense just needs a bit of fine-tuning.

Coach Mark Dantonio said Tuesday that the Spartans need to allow fewer “explosive’ plays,” defined by Michigan State as runs of 15 yards or more and passes of 20 yards or more.

That starts with slowing the nation’s leading rusher, Indiana’s Tevin Coleman, when the Spartans visit Indiana on Saturday.

Michigan State is second in the conference in rushing defense but allowed 129 rushing yards over the weekend during a 45-31 win at Purdue. That included a 52-yard touchdown run by the Boilermakers.

 

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