Michigan QB Wilton Speight has multiple back fractures
"His ability to run the ball just creates plays for our offense that we haven't had in the past and really gets us out of situations that we put ourselves into", Michigan State senior center Brian Allen said.
The unranked Spartans made a big statement on Saturday night by taking a 14-10 win at No. 7 MI.
"We've done it eight times", Dantonio said.
The fact that MI still had a chance to win this game despite five turnovers - including three interceptions by O'Korn - is a testament to how well its defense played in the second half, allowing the Spartans only two first downs (on MSU's final possession). This time, the Spartans relied on their opportunistic defense, including two interceptions by safety David Dowell. It was just Iowa State's second victory against Oklahoma since 1961, and the Cyclones (3-2, 1-1 Big 12) did it without their starting quarterback. Things got much worse in the offeseason, as three Spartans were dismissed for the role in an alleged sexual assault. "All of it is coming to fruition and paying off".
SHUTTING IT DOWN: Michigan has not allowed its first four opponents to score in the fourth quarter and is allowing just 13.5 points per game. "Just don't look back at the quarterback until the ball's in the air and you know you can get it". Without running back LJ Scott, who was dressed but did not have a helmet on the sideline or play, the Spartans rushed for 158 yards against the Wolverines' No. 1-ranked run defense.
"We talk about this every week".
"We had some different things going on in the second semester as well, but I knew that we'd rally up and I knew that our football team and our program would basically come back to the top. We definitely don't like that comment, so we try to play to our best ability". "A lot of those guys stepped up and made huge plays tonight". O'Korn finished with 270 yards passing completing 18-of-26 pass attempts to claim his second win of his U-M career.
It was a crushing blow to the Wolverines' championship aspirations.
Veronica Woods is a sophomore at the University of MI and she is anxious that, "people are still going to be starting at noon at the latest, and drinking for at least eight hours, that's just too much for one day". But do the Wolverines have enough offensive pop to beat the big boys?
"It's not over. We've got a long season left", he said. "We'll learn from it, we'll grow from it and we'll move on".
One scribe couldn't wait to remind Michigan's head coach that he's now 1-4 against his chief rivals, Michigan State and Ohio State. Savoy went 53 yards on a slant pattern to open the scoring midway through the first quarter, and the Hokies (5-1, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) never trailed. Backup John O'Korn filled in and picked up the slack, which he'll need to do again today. MSU went into halftime leading 14-3.
MSU took a 14-3 lead in the opening half, dominating U-M up front.
Based on the Odds Shark website's collected odds, the Wolverines are -11 favorites to win on the point spread, or anywhere from -420 to -450 favorites on the moneyline. Lewerke scored from 14 yards when he scrambled up the middle and dived into the end zone.
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CB Lavert Hill: The Detroit King product broke up three passes Saturday and helped Michigan's secondary keep MSU under 100 yards passing.
Sure, monsoon season hit The Big House on Saturday night.
The Wolverines had a 55-yard touchdown pass wiped out by holding penalty on their next possession. However, the Wolverines won the most recent contest 32-23. But the Spartans' defense knotted up and forced Quinn Nordin to boot a 30-yard field goal that gave the Wolverines a 3-0 lead with 8:04 left in the first quarter. Another home loss to Michigan State was certainly not in the plans, especially for a team that has road games at Penn State and Wisconsin and a home date with Ohio State to come.
The Wolverines now travel to IN to face the Hoosiers.
Michigan State: The Spartans have a chance to have a relatively special season in what was expected to be a rebuilding season.