NCAA Game Summary - Michigan State at Michigan|
(Saturday, October 20th)
Final Score: (23) Michigan 12, Michigan State 10
Ann Arbor, MI (Sports Network) - Brendan Gibbons buried three field goals on
Saturday, including a 38-yarder with less than 10 seconds remaining to send
No. 23 Michigan to a 12-10 triumph over Michigan State.
Denard Robinson threw for 163 yards and an interception on 14-of-29 passing
and added 96 yards on the ground for the Wolverines (5-2, 3-0 Big Ten), who
became the first program in NCAA history to reach 900 victories with their
12th consecutive win at home.
Michigan regained control of the Paul Bunyan Trophy for the first time since
2007 and earned a home victory over the Spartans for the first time since Oct.
Andrew Maxwell finished 21-of-34 passing for 192 yards, one touchdown and one
interception, while Le'Veon Bell rushed 26 times for 68 yards in the setback,
as Michigan State (4-4, 1-3) saw its four-game winning streak against the
Wolverines come to an end.
"I asked our players to man up and play with pride. I asked them to play with
confidence and toughness and we did that," Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio
said. "So in the end you have to take what comes down the road and stomach it.
But we'll be alright...we'll rise up."
Dan Conroy's 19-yard field goal gave Michigan State a one-point lead midway
through the fourth, but Robinson broke off a 44-yard run on the second play of
the Wolverines' ensuing possession to move his squad into MSU territory.
Michigan would come up empty however, as a back-to-back penalties on third
down pushed the Wolverines out of field goal range and forced a punt with 3:07
remaining in the contest.
After a quick three-and-out from the Spartans, Michigan took over at their own
38-yard line with two minutes left.
Vincent Smith's 12-yard rush moved the Wolverines to midfield before Robinson
picked up a first down with a 2-yard surge.
With 18 seconds left and no timeouts, Robinson bought some time in the pocket
and delivered a strike to Drew Dileo across the middle for 20 yards to the
Michigan State 21-yard line.
Dileo, who finished with four catches for 92 yards, was then able to corral
the snap and get the hold down for Gibbons' game-winning field goal.
"You teach those situations, you talk about those situations," said Michigan
coach Brady Hoke of the final drive. "I really thought that Denard (Robinson)
handled it well. He ran the offense, the other guys hurried back to the line
After a scoreless first quarter, Michigan got on the board early in the second
when Gibbons capped an 11-play, 77-yard march with a 24-yard field goal.
The Spartans answered with a drive into Michigan territory, but Conroy was
unable to connect on a 38-yard field goal try.
The teams then exchanged three-and-outs before the Wolverines added a 48-
yarder from Matt Wile to take a 6-0 lead into the locker room.
Michigan State forced a punt on Michigan's opening possession of the second
half and used a 10-play, 80-yard trek to account for the game's lone
Maxwell completed all five of his passes on the march, including a 2-yard
scoring strike to Paul Lang to give the Spartans a 7-6 lead with 7:19 left in
Maxwell was intercepted in Michigan territory late in the third, and Robinson
led the Wolverines on a 10-play, 54-yard march that culminated in Gibbons' 21-
yarder early in the fourth to make it a 9-7 contest.
The Wolverines forced Michigan State into a 4th-and-9 on the ensuing
possession, but the Spartans faked a punt deep in their own territory, as
punter Mike Sadler took the snap and rushed 26 yards around the right end for
a fresh set of downs.
The successful fake punt seemed to energize the Spartan offense, as Maxwell
and Bell moved the visitors deep into Michigan territory, but the Spartans
settled for a 19-yard field goal from Conroy to grab a 10-9 lead with 5:48
The Spartans have now lost back-to-back Big Ten games for the first time in
the same season since October 2009 after losing to Iowa in double-overtime
last week ... Michigan leads the all-time series, 68-32-5 ... Michigan
outrushed Michigan State, 163-112. The team that has won the rushing battle
has won 40 of the past 43 meetings in the series ... The last time Michigan
won a game without scoring a touchdown was a 5-0 decision against Purdue on
Nov. 11, 1995.
10/20 20:08:43 ET