Quarterback Brian Lewerke threw for one touchdown and ran for another, and also helped ice the game with this improbably scramble for a first down after fumbling. We've been in the playoffs, we've won three Big 10 championships and we've beaten our rival.
The Wolverines (4-1, 1-1) had the ball late with a chance to drive for a go-ahead TD, but a heave from the Spartans 37 as time expired hit the turf near the goal line. "I'm just very happy to get the win", said Lewerke.
Michigan quarterback Wilton Speight is likely done for the season, ESPN reported Saturday just before kickoff of the Wolverines' home tilt against Michigan State at Michigan Stadium. The game and momentum then changed on a Ty Isaac fumble.
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Despite being today's underdogs, the Spartans have a good record against the Wolverines in recent history.
One is the Spartans' 3-9 season in 2016 was an aberration. Michigan quarterback John O'Korn eluded several rushers and got the ball loose to McDoom, who had room to catch and and run from the Michigan State 31. With backup QB John O'Korn running the offense, the Wolverines failed to capitalize on Michigan State's lackluster offense in the middle of the deluge, and their vaunted defense almost spoiled their last chance at a game-winning drive, yielding one first down on an offside penalty and another on a desperation scramble by MSU quarterback Brian Lewerke.
MI regained possession at its own 20 with:34 seconds left after a holding penalty by the Spartans ruined MSU's plans of melting the clock down to next to nothing.
The Spartans are who they are, and that was good enough to upset MI again. "We'll do it again, or somebody else will do it again at some point in time, but for this year that's the way it went down", said Dantonio.
CLEMSON, S.C. - Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant threw for 200 yards and a touchdown before leaving with an ankle injury as the second-ranked Tigers defeated Wake Forest to move to 6-0 for a straight season. Even with its 3-1 record, it seemed like an afterthought in the conference, plummeting to the basement a year ago after spending much of the last decade near the top of the Big Ten. The maize-and-blue clad fans were left groaning for much of the night because O'Korn simply struggled.
This will be the 47th meeting between the two schools with Iowa carrying a slim 23-22-2 in the all-time series advantage but MSU is 11-10, in East Lansing.
Texas accepted the ball to open overtime and scored on its first snap, a 25-yard strike from Ehlinger to Jerrod Heard.
Head coach James Franklin's team is the only unbeaten team in its division entering the bye week, as the Lions sit at 6-0 before a visit from MI, and a trip to Ohio State, following the idle week. Through four games this season, The Wolverines are tied for eighth in points allowed per game and will look to dominate the battle at the line of scrimmage against the Spartans.
He later orchestrated a nine-play march that ended with a well-designed screen play to running back Madre London for the Spartans' second score of the game.
Hart's comments are still used as motivation. Lewerke had a big first down late in the game where he picked up five yards on a broken play and the defense made O'Korn uncomfortable.
About 20 MI players formed a circle and locked their arms together during the national anthem.
"It was different", O'Korn said.
On Saturday, a group made up of about 20 players on the University of michigan's football squad stood in a circle, with their heads and arms interlocked during the playing of "The Star-Spangled Banner" ahead of their rvalry match against Michigan State. He was on the sideline in uniform, but didn't have his helmet on. "This is a crucial win for us", he said.