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Michigan State wins fourth in a row vs. UM

Posted on: October 15, 2011 3:23 pm
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If this is how the Big Ten is going to be won, we surrender.

Actually, the two coaches surrendered -- to the wind. Michigan and Michigan State took the game back 35 years to a point where Bo and Woody would have been asked to open it up.  It was the wind, for gosh sakes, not an attack by Godzilla.

The Spartans eventually remained the monster in the Legends Division, beating their rivals for the fourth consecutive time.

There they were -- Michigan's Brady Hoke and Michigan State's Mark Dantonio -- playing a Big Ten showdown like it was 1976. They gave in to a 35-mph westerly wind at Spartan Stadium like it was a 12th man on the field.

They went 55 plays between the first and third quarters without a point. Together, they punted the ball seven consecutive times in the first half. They might as well have taken their playbooks and burned them. Hoke and Dantonio were going to let the elements decide it.

Finally, the Spartans broke a 7-7 halftime tie -- against the wind -- with a pair of third-quarter Kirk Cousins passes to Keshawn Martin, then held on. Martin did his best to both win and lose the game. In addition to those two touchdowns, he had three drops and a fumble.

Safety Isaiah Lewis sealed it with a 39-yard yard interception return of Michigan's Denard Robinson.

There's a long way to go but for now the Spartans (5-1, 2-0) have taken control in the Big Ten Legends Division.

Next up: What looks like a Big Ten championship game preview with Wisconsin. 

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Comments

Since: Mar 29, 2009
Posted on: October 17, 2011 4:15 pm
 

Michigan State wins fourth in a row vs. UM

Smeggles,
Ummm the game is called Football, not Foosball.  If there were penalties, they got called and even though the refs were Michigan's best offense the Sparties overcame themselves, the refs and the Umsss (in that order) to win the game...




Since: Mar 29, 2009
Posted on: October 17, 2011 4:12 pm
 

Michigan State wins fourth in a row vs. UM

ficoho,
perhaps you would take a swing too if your face was being held down in the turf after the play was wayyyy over...



Since: Mar 29, 2009
Posted on: October 17, 2011 4:09 pm
 

Michigan State wins fourth in a row vs. UM

Teres,
I am not sure who the "Midlevel" team you are refering too is, but Michigan had their chances and bungled it (so who is the "midlevel team" again?).  Besides, who refers to MSU as "Little Brother?"  That just riles the Spartans up... I don't believe any MSU fan will "..brag incessantly about how this "proves" they are now a better progam than the winninest program in college football history..", but we sure can brag that whenever anyone brings up "Little Bro"...(Desmond Howard, Mike Hart), that  MSU has bested the UMsss like no one else except OSU in recent history.  So go ahead and relive your glorious past beating up on schools for the blind and MSU will keep looking forward to kicking some Wolverine Butt next year...



Since: Sep 5, 2010
Posted on: October 15, 2011 9:22 pm
 

Michigan State wins fourth in a row vs. UM

@Teres Minor,

If you win four in a row you are indeed allowed to brag a bit. However, if you makes you feel any better - and I'm sure it will - the Badgers will smack MSU around next week even with the game in East Lansing.  I won't go as far as "giving a spread" but I will say that I'm confident you will be feeling good about it.  

Of course in a perfect world - which means the BCS standings - I plan to root for Michigan and Michigan State in every game the rest of this season.  Except when/if they play UW!     



Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: October 15, 2011 8:23 pm
 

Appalled?

If you were appalled by the behavior of Sparty players, you will be much more appalled by the behavior of their fanbase for yet another year.  Even though Sparty is now only 33-67-5 against the Uinversity of Michigan, they will brag incessantly about how this "proves" they are now a better program than the winningest program in college football history.  
 
This game is like a perverse version of groundhog day: every time Sparty comes out of his hole and sees a victory, you get 12 more months of bragging.  
 
I sure would have liked to have been the proverbial "fly on the wall" in the Michigan locker room today, though.  I think Brady Hoke knows it is unacceptable to lose to a midlevel team, and I'm sure he let his guys know about it.  Sparty has to play Wiscy next week, after they just expended their energy winning the "Sparty Super Bowl" this week.  I think taking Wiscy minus whatever the spread is going to be might be a pretty nice income opportunity for those who are so inclined.



Since: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: October 15, 2011 7:27 pm
 

Michigan State wins fourth in a row vs. UM

I agree that the conduct of Gholston was terrible.  I understand not liking your rival but today he took it too far.  I think that Hoke will file todays film away and bring it out in 358 days to show the team next year before playing in AA.  

 Looking at UM though I feel better after this game than I did after the ND game.  I hate to lose but we played against a great D today and were 7 points down with 4 minutes to go.  State has a better team this year and we hung in there so there's no shame in losing today.  



Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: October 15, 2011 7:09 pm
 

Michigan State wins fourth in a row vs. UM

Agree, CBS is the SEC network and Dodd is a cheap hoe.



Since: Jun 2, 2009
Posted on: October 15, 2011 6:41 pm
 

Michigan State wins fourth in a row vs. UM

State deserved the win, no question.  As for the refs "giving him" the roughing calls, which one were you referring to?  The one where Gholston came in late and drove his knees into his back then twisted his facemask underneath the pile or the one where the guy grabbed him after the ball was gone, spun him and then bodyslammed him to the ground?  Maybe it was the Gholston uppercut to the lineman that they didn't call that you didn't like.  State played like thugs, I thought I was watching the U out there today.  The appalling thing is that Michigan lied down and took it.



Since: Sep 23, 2006
Posted on: October 15, 2011 6:17 pm
 

Michigan State wins fourth in a row vs. UM

I'm a life long Wolverines Fan, and I rarely have anything bad to say about the program. But the uniforms they had on today were just gross.
Bumble bees!



Since: Sep 23, 2006
Posted on: October 15, 2011 6:04 pm
 

Michigan State wins fourth in a row vs. UM

Let's just air it out in gale force winds to keep Dodd entertained.


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