State Beats Michigan Thanks To Spartan DefenseBy: Tobias Roth - November 3, 2013
Michigan State was able to bounce back from their embarrassing loss to Michigan last season, and with an excellent defensive effort, Michigan State beat Michigan in East Lansing on November 2nd.
The defense was certainly the key to the game, and the spartan defense prevented Michigan from scoring a touchdown throughout the game, holding them to only 6 points, which all came in the first half.
The game ended with a final score of 29-6. The two teams came into the game with Michigan ranked #23 and Michigan State being ranked #24, but it seems that this game put Michigan in their place, assuring that the Spartans are the better team this year.
The game was deadlocked at 6-6 for part of the first half, looking like it would be a totally defensive game like the one they played in 2012 that ended 12-10, but that changed quickly. While the defense of Michigan State continued to shine, Michigan slipped up and allowed 23 points to be scored following the 6-6 tie.
Pat Narduzzi, the defensive coordinator knows how important it is when State beats Michigan, and is willing to do whatever it takes to get his defense to get the job done. He didn’t want them getting stupid personal foul penalties and admitted that there was one, but he delivered a strong statement when saying, “We’re going to bully people — that’s the game of football.” The Michigan State defense did come out as the bully yesterday and completely shut down the Michigan offense, showing fans who the better team in Michigan truly is.
This game that resulted in State beating Michigan was a very important one for both teams, and especially Michigan State, who remains undefeated in the Big Ten. The likelihood of the team advancing to the Big Ten championship is looking even better after the win, and a record of 8-1, and their only loss coming to Notre Dame.
As if the scoreboard show for a defensive effort was not enough, Michigan State’s defense was able to beat Michigan down so hard that they ended up with -48 rushing yards by the end of the game, which of course was their worst output in the history of Michigan’s football program. Their previous low came in 1962, when the Wolverines were held to minus-46 yards by Minnesota.
This time when State beats Michigan also marks the most lopsided win in the series since a 34-0 victory in 1967. In yesterday’s game quarterback Connor Cook was 18 for 33 and passed for 252 yards, also running for one touchdown.
Michigan State is often a team that is overlooked in college football, but after they beat Michigan, they have a remaining schedule that consists of Nebraska, Northwestern, and Minnesota, and a chance to go undefeated in the Big Ten.