Spartans Take Back Paul Bunyan Trophy

The Michigan State Spartans (4-1, 2-0) handed the Michigan Wolverines (4-1, 1-1) their first loss of the season on Saturday night, beating them 14-10 in Ann Arbor, MI.

Karon Higdon ran for a team-high 65 yards on 12 carries. Grant Perry led receivers with five receptions for 61 yards. 

On a night where Michigan celebrated the 1997 team that won the national championship, fans could only help but reminisce to that great time in team history.

Not only did the Wolverines fail to get much going on the ground, but their defense didn’t do much to stop Michigan State’s running attack. The 150 rushing yards they gave up were the most they’ve allowed this season. 

Thing weren’t much better when it came to the passing game. Despite throwing for 198 yards, quarterback John O’Korn was pressured early and often in the contest which led to multiple sacks and interceptions. 

After putting up a field goal on their first drive of the game, the Wolverines fumbled the ball away on their next possession allowing Michigan State to score a touchdown on their subsequent drive. The turnover was one of () that Michigan had Saturday night, which included two fumbles and three interceptions thrown. 

In the second quarter, Michigan State marched 83 yards on nine plays to go up 14-3, putting the Wolverines in its biggest deficit this season.

The Wolverines would try to get points on the board on their last drive of the half, but tight end Sean McKeon lost the ball after a 36-yard catch that would have put the maize and blue in field-goal range. 

In the second half, the Wolverines got their first touchdown of the game on a 1-yard run by Khalid Hill. Shortly after, a storm came in, with winds seemingly blowing in every direction. It seemed to take a toll on O’Korn, who threw three-straight interceptions once it started raining hard. 

The offense was given one last chance to win the game with 34 seconds left. After an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty and getting down to the MSU 38-yard line, O’Korn made one last heave into the end zone as time expired, only for it to be batted to the ground. 

The maize and blue will return to action next Saturday, Oct. 14 at 12 p.m. eastern against the Indiana Hoosiers. 

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