Somebody may want to tell Michigan State that the 2011 Capital One Bowl is going on right now, because the Spartans are getting blown out of the stadium. At halftime in Orlando, the Alabama Crimson Tide are leading MSU by a score of 28-0, and they are showing zero signs of letting up. The score is one-sided, as is the play in the trenches, and Alabama looks like it is on another level compared to MSU.
The Crimson Tide went down the field on the first drive of the game, taking 13 plays to score. Mark Ingram ran over a defensive back en route to a one-yard touchdown run, putting Alabama on top early on, 7-0.
In the second quarter, Alabama outscored MSU by 21 points. Trent Richardson scored on an eight-yard run for the Crimson Tide's second TD of the game, and Ingram added another later in the quarter from six yards out. Julio Jones capped off the scoring by getting into the end zone from 35 yards out on a reverse, making the score 28-0 at halftime.
The only time Michigan State got close to scoring in the first half was when it got down to the three-yard line. After an illegal substitution penalty backed the Spartans up five yards, Kirk Cousins got sacked and fumbled the ball. Nobody was able to pick it up and the ball kept getting knocked farther and farther back. When an MSU player finally fell on it, the Spartans lost a total of 30 yards, knocking them out of field position and forcing them to punt.
In the second half, Michigan State will really have to come out and play better if it wants to even make the score respectable. Right now Alabama looks like a bunch of men playing against boys, and the Crimson Tide are already making this a blowout.