Pat Nardozy beats Michigan State football, then doubles

There seems to be no love lost between Pat Nardozy and football at Michigan State.

Narduzzi, who served as the defensive coordinator for the Spartans under Mark Dantonio from 2007 to 2014, was one of the most beloved coaches on the staff that transformed MSU from an afterthought into a center of power for the Big Ten.

Nowadays, those times seem like a long time ago.

Nardozzi, the head coach of the Pittsburgh Panthers, appeared Thursday on Bazzy’s Black and Gold Banter — a podcast dominated by the Pittsburgh Steelers — and took a shot at his former team.

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The Panthers and Spartans played in the Peach Bowl last December when Heisman Trophy finalist Kenny Beckett sat down to protect his status in the NFL. Nardozzi said that was the only reason for the loss of the leopards.

“It’s a difference of 21 points, okay,” Nardozzi said of Pickett. “Michigan State gets a free kick. It’s at least 14 points if Nick Bate (reserve quarterback) plays the whole game.

“I can tell you that. That’s how I feel.”

Michigan State coach Mel Tucker lifts the trophy after defeating Pittsburgh, 31-21, to win the Peach title at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on Thursday, December 30, 2021.

Instead, Patty was injured in the first quarter and the Panthers had to turn to third-series quarterback Davis Bevel. The Spartans scored 21 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to end a 31-21 win and secure a record 11-2 in the second year under coach Mel Tucker.

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