Defense Edges Offense in First Preseason Scrimmage, 27-24
Aug. 10, 2017

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- The defense beat the offense, 27-24, in the first jersey scrimmage of preseason camp Thursday in Spartan Stadium.

The scrimmage, which utilized a modified scoring system, was 171 plays long (including special teams) and lasted for two-and-a-half hours under partly cloudy skies and temperatures in the low-80s.

"This is our 10th practice, and I thought it went very well," said Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio following the scrimmage. "We went about 130 plays (on offense/defense). I think we got some things done. Guys played extremely hard and flew around.

"At a couple of positions, our 2s are our 1s, and our 1s are our 2s, so that's a positive. It gives everyone an opportunity to play and there's a lot of enthusiasm. And they (young players) have a skill set, so I'm looking forward to watching them.

"Today I felt good about both (offense and defense). Yesterday, a little bit more offense than defense. We sort of have `groundhog days' going here (in preseason camp), so I can't keep it all straight, but I thought it was a very good scrimmage and guys made some plays on both sides of the ball."

Michigan State will return to practice late Friday afternoon for its 11th workout of preseason camp.