"It played a huge role in this game".
Michigan State junior RB Madre London rushed for 59 yards on 10 carries while catching two passes for 19 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 14-10 win over Michigan. This time, the Spartans relied on their opportunistic defense, including two interceptions by safety David Dowell. Why we pay money to watch grown men - or, in this case, 18-22 year olds - run around on a field.
One is the Spartans' 3-9 season in 2016 was an aberration. Things got much worse in the offeseason, as three Spartans were dismissed for the role in an alleged sexual assault.
The Spartans showed a national TV audience their program is not on the decline.
The Tigers (4-2, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) moved the ball well early with jet sweeps and then pounded it between the tackles late, doing just enough to upend the Gators (3-2, 3-1). "All of it is coming to fruition and paying off".
Lewerke scored a go-ahead TD on a 14-yard run late in the first quarter. 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.
"We'll evaluate, like we always do, after every game", Harbaugh said. "We definitely don't like that comment, so we try to play to our best ability". All this also makes the under the strong play tonight. The sophomore leads the team with 62 yards rushing per game and two rushing touchdowns.
What direction will MI (4-1, 1-1) go from here? Facing 2nd-and-7 and the Spartans' 11, the Wolverines dialed up two straight lobs to the end zone, and neither had a realistic chance of working.More news: Seem far smarter and worldlier than you are with Google's new devices
It was a crushing blow to the Wolverines' championship aspirations. "When we got the momentum going, we turned it over", Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh said. "This one does hurt, but we've got to get over it by tomorrow", MI linebacker Mike McCray said. How McDoom responds to this might be one of the more intriguing storylines through the rest of the season.
Wolverines offensive lineman Mason Cole echoed those sentiments.
Fowler also said Speight is "probably" out for the season due to the injury. "Come Monday, it's back to work". Bachie ripped the ball away from U-M running back Karan Higdon, and Frey pounced on it in Wolverines territory.
After losing a fumble on its first second-half possession, MI finally got on the board with a touchdown, taking advantage of good field position as Khalid Hill ran it in for a one-yard score with 8:09 left. Despite not playing at all until the fourth quarter, Delton led the Wildcats with 79 yards on 12 carries while hitting 2-of-5 passes for 30 yards. The computer is taking MI to cover the spread, and the over on the point total.
Mark Dantonio has done what seemed improbable a decade ago and in the previous century, figuring out a way to help Michigan State have its way with Michigan on a consistent basis.
Eddie McDoom of MI dropped a pass at the MSU 30-yard line with:19 seconds left.
Sam Ehlinger made his third start at quarterback for Texas on Saturday night.
The Wolverines actually came out on the 1 possession of the game looking like they had an opportunity to make this game a blowout. That's eight victories in the last 10 games for Michigan State vs. Michigan.