Michigan State Spartans emerge as a threat in the Big Ten East

Michigan Wolverines head football coach Jim Harbaugh and starting quarterback Wilton Speight on Saturday will try to avenge last year's shocking loss to Michigan State

On the other side, Brian Lewerke has been putting up stellar numbers, but not against MI yet.

But how does any defense - including the Wolverines', ranked No. 1 heading into the game against in-state rival Michigan State - overcome five turnovers? Harbaugh and Drevno especially will probably say they're fine with being mostly predictable because they want the offense's identity to be about physicality and not dazzle-dazzle.

One week after taking a step forward in his development with a win against Iowa, Lewerke made another leap by securing his first road victory with the Spartans. That was the case on Saturday night as Michigan State football marched into Ann Arbor and came away with a huge win over the Wolverines. O'Korn and the offense took advantage of great field possession and cut the lead to 14-10 on a one yard Khalid Hill TD run. MI entered the game ranked No. 1 in the nation in both total defense and rushing defense.

And with the rain pouring down in the second half, the defense knew the game was on its shoulders. That included a 30-yarder to Darrell Stewart, and Lewerke made a 5-yard run for a first down to get them to the U-M 16. They did a good job of getting pressure on the quarterback. Spoiler alert, the game ball isn't going to anyone on the offense.

"I didn't bring that list with me", Harbaugh said. I'm going to dream big.

The Spartans (4-1, 2-0 Big Ten) have beaten MI eight times in a 10-year stretch for the first time in a series that dates to 1898.

Frightful field position on the Spartans first two possessions of the first half led to punts from their own endzone, the second of which gave MI the ball at the MSU 33 yard-line.

We've seen 22-foot tall cactuses and a Georgia city offering to change its name.


Penn State 31, Northwestern 7: Trace McSorley threw for 245 yards and a touchdown, Saquon Barkley ran for two scores in the second half, and Penn State beat Northwestern 31-7 on Saturday.

But even right before the half, when a field goal would have made it a one-score game for MI, tight end Sean McKeon also committed a costly fumble that ensured the margin stayed at 11 points and maintained a steep uphill climb for the Wolverines. The Spartans, meanwhile, had none. With Wilton Speight sidelined, John O'Korn will start at quarterback for the Wolverines.

"We're normally a pretty good second-half defense", Hurst said.

Saturday's win lifted Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio to 8-3 against Michigan during his time in East Lansing and dealt a big initial blow to yet another year of lofty expectations for Jim Harbaugh in Ann Arbor-Harbaugh is now a combined 1-4 against Michigan State and Ohio State. I mean their defense held us to less.

Allen was focused on his own assignment and didn't realize Lewerke fumbled the ball at first.

Texas accepted the ball to open overtime and scored on its first snap, a 25-yard strike from Ehlinger to Jerrod Heard. "I saw on the scoreboard (he fumbled) then I asked him and he laughed about it".

RB Ty Isaac: After starting out strong over the first three weeks of the season, Michigan's fifth-year senior running back has fallen off big time over the last two games. O'Korn was 16 of 35 for 198 yards with three interceptions.

Michigan State Spartans WR Felton Davis III will look to have another big game today for his team. "I think we have to learn from this and make some corrections as the season goes on".

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