Michigan State Spartans Victorious Over Wolverines

Tom Chieppo

For the first time, Denard Robinson looked very vulnerable as he threw three interceptions in the game against the Michigan State Spartans. The defense pressured him all afternoon and team scored 24 unanswered points to open a closed game that resulted in a 34-17 score to end the game for the No. 18 Michigan Wolverines at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan last week.

It’s been three straight years that the Spartans won three straight series from the Wolverines from 1965-1967. “It’s pretty big,” said Spartans linebacker Greg Jones, according to ESPN.com. “Especially, in my freshman year, losing the lead and the comments that we being made. It’s the worst feeling that you could ever have. Nobody wants to hear that.”

The Spartans ran the clock out on the final drive as they jeered the Wolverines by chanting “little sister!” along with “Go green! Go white!” “That was the best feeling ever, Trent Robinson shouted, who had the first interception according to ESPN.com. “To shut up all these people was great.”

Head Coach Mark Dantonio celebrated with his team as he entered the locker room, getting a ride from the press box. “I feel great and very proud of our football team,” he said, according to ESPN.com “It was a program win.” Dantonio was on the field during warm-ups, visiting his team and watching them play since his heart attack three weeks ago on September 19.

“To see him walking around with [that] look in his eye,” Jones said, according to ESPN.com. “I knew that he really wanted to win this game.” Quarterback Kirk Cousins was 18 for 25 with 284 yards passing and one touchdown. Edwin Baker, running back for the Spartans, had 22 carries for 147 yards rushing and one touchdown. Mark Dell, Spartans wide receiver, had three receptions for 93 yards receiving, and one score. The Spartans had 287 passing and 249 rushing, for a total of 536 yards.

“I don’t look at the margin of defeat,” Wolverines Head Coach Rich Rodriquez said, according to ESPN.com. “I’m just disappointed we didn’t play better. We didn’t play well and they played well. Give them credit.”

The Wolverines stat leader was Denard Robinson who was 17 for 29 with 215 yards passing, one touchdown, three interceptions, and 21 carries for 86 yards rushing. The Wolverines had 215 passing and 162 rushing, for 377 total yards.

The Spartans are 6-0 for the first time since 1999. Michigan hasn’t beaten Michigan State in football and basketball in 1,071 days.