5 Takeaways From Michigan's Win Over Michigan State

5 Takeaways From Michigan's Win Over Michigan State

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5 Takeaways From Michigan's Win Over Michigan State

In what was a sloppy first half, Michigan pulled along through all four quarters as the defense came up big over the Michigan State offense, holding them to under 100 yards of total offense and making big stops when it was needed. The only score MSU was able to get off a turnover by Michigan running back Chris Evans inside the Wolverines 10-yard line and the Spartans didn’t have much work to do to score on that play.

Michigan’s offense would get going in the second half as the running game was able to get chunk yardage against the number one rush defense in the country and that opened up the passing game as quarterback Shea Patterson got over 200 passing yards and two touchdowns. Here are my five takeaways from the big win.

1. MICHIGAN’s Defense Won Them The Game

While the offense put up all the 21 points and held the Spartans to just seven, the defense is what got the offense to finally score. The only time MSU scored was when they had less than 10 yards to go. The Michigan defense proved to be elite as they held MSU to 94 total yards and quarterback Brian Lewerke had a horrible performance, going 5/25 for 66 yards as he was facing constant pressure and making poor decisions.

The run defense for Michigan did its job as well, holding MSU to 15 yards on 23 carries as the starting running back LJ Scott had 10 carries for 25 yards. The defense didn’t create any turnovers, as the only turnover for MSU was on Special Teams. Michigan’s best unit is the defense still and it showed in today’s game.

2. The Weather Had Some Impact In This Years Game Again

The major talk about this game coming into it was if the weather would have an impact on the game. The forecast had rain and the rain and lightning would delay the game in the first quarter. It would clear up in the second quarter and then the third quarter it returned once again.

The rain would cause some slips by both teams, and turn into two fumbles, one by each side. It would clear up late in the quarter and finish out with no issues. The rain caused the game to be even more entertaining, but in the end, both teams suffered from it and nobody gained from it.

3. Tarik Black and Rashan Gary’s Injuries leave Question marks

Wide receiver Tarik Black traveled with the team to East Lansing and while he dressed and warmed up, he never truly played. He was on the field for one play before a timeout and he never saw a target for the rest of the game. Black practicing and such is a good sign though as he could be back in action in two weeks against Penn State.

Defensive end Rashan Gary didn’t travel and ended up missing the game. Gary gets an extra week off before Penn State and that could be when he returns to action and help out the Michigan defense, even though they have been fine without him so far.

4. Quinn Nordin has been Struggling

The best player on the Special Teams is kicker Quinn Nordin, but that tone is changing. Nordin missed five field goals last year, finishing 19/24 and 35/38 for extra points. This season Nordin is 11/14 on field goals and 30/31 on extra points.

While Nordin is technically doing better this year, he has been struggling in big games as he missed a kick against MSU and Wisconsin, games where points are very important and missing one field goal can decide the game. Nordin should rebound with ease, but his recent struggles are something to watch out for.

5. it all comes down to Ohio State

You don’t want to look too far ahead and overlook opponents, but looking at the final four Michigan games, it might come down to a date with Ohio State as Penn State is currently only up 17-14 at the time of writing this against Indiana. Then a game with Rutgers and Indiana shouldn’t be too bad for Michigan as it finishes with Ohio State.

The Buckeyes losing defensive end Nick Bosa is a big hit to their defense and their chance for success this season, but no matter the record, every game against Ohio State will be tough and bigger than the other 11. Michigan gets this next week to relax though, and focus on what’s next instead of looking ahead because doing that can cost you in the end.

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