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Johnny Adams says hit on interception return that drew penalty was legal

The Spartans cornerback maintains that his crucial personal foul against Nebraska was legal.


The Michigan State Spartans fell to the Nebraska Cornhuskers by the score of 28-24 on Saturday, but that result might have been different if not for a penalty on Spartans cornerback Johnny Adams. Adams was called for a personal foul after blocking a Nebraska receiver during an interception return by the Spartans' Darqueze Dennard that went for a touchdown. On Tuesday, Adams said that he thought the hit was legal and that Michigan State's coaches told him the same thing.

That touchdown would have given the Spartans a 31-14 lead early in the fourth quarter, but instead the Spartans were unable to score again and would eventually relinquish the lead. The loss dropped the Spartans to 5-5 on the season and puts them in jeopardy of finishing the regular season without a winning record.

The Spartans will close the year by hosting the Northwestern Wildcats this Saturday and by visiting the Minnesota Golden Gophers the following week.