In the third quarter, MI scored a touchdown to pull within four, and that score held throughout the fourth.
For a Michigan State team that surely didn't receive enough credit in this article, a coveted win over its in-state rival could be the springboard to a better-than-expected season. I think MI wins big with a stifling defense.
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. The Spartans took advantage of a turnover later in the quarter to take the lead.
MI quarterback John O'Korn, starting in place of injured Wilton Speight, threw three second-half interceptions. Jim Harbaugh is 1-2 against the Spartans and 0-2 at home.
Sparty had a 14-3 lead at halftime. Prior to kickoff, the team also played a video that featured student athelets and athletic director Warde Manuel as they asked fans and supporters to be mindful of the opinions of the athletes who take to the field and to be aware of and willing to speak on social injustices. Despite the recent slump, the Wolverines are 69-36-5 in the series. He threw a 16-yard pass to Madre London to put the Spartans up 14-3 midway through the second quarter.
Michigan's only touchdown came in the third quarter with a 1-yard run from Khalid Hill.
The Spartans didn't have a first down in the second half until their final drive of the game, a possession that started with 2:13 and ended with a punt from the MI 47 that went through the end zone with 34 seconds left.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Malik Rosier threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to Darrell Langham with 6 seconds remaining and No. 13 Miami beat Florida State to end a seven-game losing streak in the series. After forcing the first of many 3-and-outs, MI running back Ty Issac coughed up the ball (thanks to Spartan linebacker Joe Bachie) to MSU's Chris Frey at the MI 46 yard-line. But his Spartans now look like they could be on to bigger things, showing that preseason predictions were way off. We knew the talent John had and we knew he'd get the job done if he had to go in.
Michigan: The Wolverines miss Speight more than expected.
Speight was hit awkwardly during the Purdue game and left the contest. The maize-and-blue clad fans were left groaning for much of the night because O'Korn simply struggled. Some of that can be attributed to Lewerke's running abilities, but credit is also due to Michigan State's offensive line.
MI had its best drive of the game on its opening possession - marching down the field in six minutes and 54 seconds in 16 plays, settling for a field goal.
Sophomore tight end Sean McKeon fumbled at MSU's 35-yard line, basically giving away a chance at least a field goal. The Spartans have their defense and special teams to thank as Michigan State forced five turnovers, and punter Jake Hartbarger averaged just under 40 yards per punt on 11 total kicks.
Quinn Nordin's 30-yard field goal completed Michigan's first possession. After missing the final month-plus of the 2016 season with a broken tibia, Brian Lewerke is adding a new dynamic to Michigan State's offense. The spot heard "round the world that helped decide Ohio State's 2016 win over MI and sank the Wolverines" playoff hopes? The game kicks off at 7:30 PM EST in Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, Michigan. Helping matters is an improved pass rush, with linebackers Joe Bachie and Chris Frey showing improvement across the board. If they can continue to play at this level, the Spartans could be in for a good year.