"It's definitely talked about, it's definitely played before the game", quarterback Brian Lewerke said. The hallmark of a team in trouble is that it loses ugly even when it's playing better than its opponent. With the win over MI, the Spartans officially enter the Big Ten title game conversation; they could easily be 7-1 by the time they host Penn State on November 4.
Heavy's Pick: Michigan 20 Michigan State 13. After rushing for just 30 yards last week against Michigan State, fifth-year senior running back Akrum Wadley bounced back with 115 yards.
After the game, Harbaugh acknowledged UM's 35 pass attempts to only 39 runs as a valid criticism (MSU had 22 throws to 40 runs). Time of possession? MI 30:52, MSU 29.08. He has thrown for 307 yards and a touchdown. Oh, that's right. Turnovers?.
David Dowell had a pair of interceptions, Joe Bachie had one and MSU recovered two fumbles. In his first start as the team's new quarterback, redshirt sophomore Jeff George tossed three interceptions and no touchdowns. And after nearly 40 minutes of gametime, Michigan finally found the endzone after a pair of 18 and 17 yard pass plays led to a first-and-goal from the half-yardline, 14-10 Michigan State.
So, five turnovers, never a plus. A 30-yard pass from Lewerke to Darrell Stewart moved the Spartans into MI territory.
Michigan State Spartans WR Felton Davis III will look to have another big game today for his team.
Considering the Spartans' recent success in the rivalry, Lewerke was asked where he thinks Michigan State sits at the "kid's table" in comparison to Michigan. "We'll do it again, or somebody else will do it again at some point in time, but for this year that's the way it went down", said Dantonio. The Defense did just that forcing MSU to back to back 3 and outs and only allowing five yards total on those two possessions. However, the Spartans did not get a first down in the second half until 2:54 remained in the game. QB Lewerke had room to ramble and loped past Blue defenders to score. Ohio State limited Maryland's offense to 1.2 yards per rush and pass. Freshman linebacker Baron Browning had the best game of his career, racking up six tackles, including 1.5 for loss.
Texas accepted the ball to open overtime and scored on its first snap, a 25-yard strike from Ehlinger to Jerrod Heard. And yet, even with the interceptions, fumbles, and penalties, MI football could have managed at least one more touchdown had they demonstrated some swagger, some originality, some variety.
Michigan State was expected to bounce back at least to some extent in 2017, although nobody quite knew how the Spartans would climb with a completely re-tooled roster. With backup QB John O'Korn running the offense, the Wolverines failed to capitalize on Michigan State's lackluster offense in the middle of the deluge, and their vaunted defense almost spoiled their last chance at a game-winning drive, yielding one first down on an offside penalty and another on a desperation scramble by MSU quarterback Brian Lewerke.
Same pass play, fade to the corner, twice in a row.
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