Michigan State’s upset bid against Michigan was derailed by multiple fruitless trips into the Wolverines’ red zone. One of those came with with about 10 minutes left in the game and the score 30-10. A fumbled option play left the Spartans with a fourth-and-goal from the 17-yard line. Mark Dantonio opted to try a 34-yard field goal with Michael Geiger, who pushed it wide right.
In the interest of full disclosure, I supported the decision.
Dantonio was asked about the decision after the game and revealed himself to be a graduate of the Kirk Ferentz School of Math.
Thirty minus 13 is 17. There is no way to get 17 points from two scores.
Ferentz famously forgot about the existence of two-point conversions during a loss to Wisconsin earlier this month.
Dantonio also went for two after a touchdown made it 30-23 with one second remaining. The attempt was fumbled and returned for two the other way by Jabrill Peppers, adding insult to defeat.
Math, man. It gets tricky during the heat of battle.