Posted by Adam Jacobi
MICHIGAN STATE WON. No. 23 Michigan State picked up a huge victory win a 28-14 win over No. 11 Michigan, knocking the Wolverines out of the ranks of the unbeaten. Denard Robinson had his worst day of the season, throwing for 123 yards and rushing for only 42 more while cycling in and out of the lineup with backup QB Devin Gardner.
WHY MICHIGAN STATE WON: The Spartan defense showed that its dismantling of Ohio State in September was no fluke, holding Michigan to 250 total yards and 3-15 on third downs. Robinson was hounded constantly on passing plays, and Michigan always seemed to be facing 3rd and long. Meanwhile, Edwin Baker was just unstoppable on the ground for MSU, gaining 167 yards on 26 carries.
WHEN MICHIGAN STATE WON: This game was very much in doubt in the fourth quarter, but when Michigan got the ball back with 4:51 left and a 21-14 deficit, Denard Robinson opened up the drive by throwing a back-breaking interception which was taken to the house by MSU defensive back Isaiah Lewis. Ballgame.
WHAT MICHIGAN STATE WON: This victory makes it four straight for Michigan State over its in-state rival, and the Spartan seniors are going to be happy ot graduate having never participated in a loss to the Wolverines. More than that, though, MSU is now in prime position to challenge for the Legends Division crown; whoever takes the October 29 game between MSU and Nebraska is probably going to face Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship.
WHAT MICHIGAN LOST: Michigan loses its unblemished record and its spot at No. 11, but it might actually be worse than that. For Michigan fans, it's hard not to feel a little deja vu after this loss; for the last two years, Michigan has raced out to an undefeated record early, only to collapse down the stretch. With the meat of the schedule coming and MSU demonstrating a perfect blueprint on how to beat this year's Wolverine squad, that all might be coming to pass again.
THAT WAS CRAZY: Will Gholston had a fine day for the Spartans, but he probably shouldn't have been on the field for the fourth quarter. In the third quarter, Gholston was flagged for piling on Denard Robinson well after the play was over, then wrenching Robinson's helmet around for good measure. Later in the quarter, Gholston was being manhandled away from the play by Michigan OL Taylor Lewan, and when Gholston made it to his feet, he summarily punched Lewan in the facemask. Famed referee Mike Pereira said on Twitter that he would have ejected Gholston, and it's entirely possible that MSU or the Big Ten will suspend Gholston next week when Wisconsin comes to town.