Michigan Snags The Paul Bunyan Trophy Against Michigan State 21-7

Michigan Snags The Paul Bunyan Trophy Against Michigan State 21-7

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Michigan Snags The Paul Bunyan Trophy Against Michigan State 21-7

A rivalry is renewed once again in the state of Michigan as the Wolverines battled Michigan State for the battle of the Paul Bunyan trophy and it was a battle. Michigan wanted to perform well in act two of their revenge tour, but both teams were quiet on the offensive side of the ball before a weather delay stopped the game in the first quarter.

The Wolverines came back from the delay and finished their drive as quarterback Shea Patterson found wide receiver Nico Collins for a touchdown pass as the Wolverines struck first, up 7-0.

Michigan running back Karan Higdon had a huge 38-yard run to get the Wolverines in the red zone and eventually kicker Quinn Nordin would try a field goal and shank it and the score at halftime stayed at 7-0 Michigan. Higdon would have to claw his way for his sixth straight 100-yard game as he would finish with 33 carries for 144 yards.

The defenses on both sides were the talking point of the first half, but Michigan’s defense was the better one in the second half. Michigan had the number two defense in the country, number one in pass defense and they held the Spartans to just 94 total yards and MSU quarterback Brian Lewerke was contained very well, going 5/25 for 66 yards, and four carries for -11 yards.

The third quarter wasn’t the best start for the second half for the Wolverines as penalties pushed the Spartans down the field and after an MSU holding penalty and a big stop by the defense, MSU would punt again. On the next drive for Michigan on third down, running back Chris Evans fumbled the ball at the seven-yard line and MSU would answer with a touchdown on a trick play as wide receiver Darrell Stewart Jr. threw a pass to Lewerke and tied the game at seven.

The weather became a factor once again as both teams would fumble the ball as the rain came down, MSU fumbled on a punt return and Higdon would fumble on a handoff as he stumbled on his way to the handoff and lost the ball. This game was close since the first snap, but the second half had a different intensity.

Patterson would get going again as he would find wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones for a 79-yard touchdown pass as Michigan would retake the lead 14-7. Patterson finished the game going 14/25 for 212 yards and two touchdowns, along with eight carries for 24 yards.

After the Spartans had another three and out, Michigan would get the ball and drive 84 yards on 13 plays in 6:41 and finish with a five-yard touchdown run by fullback Ben Mason as Michigan extended the lead 21-7.

Michigan would keep shutting down the Spartans offense, forcing them to punt for the 11th time and on their final offensive drive, Lewerke was benched for backup quarterback Rocky Lombardi and he would drive MSU down the field before failing on a fourth down conversion. Michigan dominated this game in yardage, having 395 to MSU’s 94.

Michigan got the ball back and killed the clock to win the game and complete round two of its revenge tour, as the next one in line is Penn State. Michigan goes into the bye 7-1 and with defensive end, Rashan Gary missing today’s game and wide receiver Tarik Black dressed, but never saw a pass go his way. Both could be back in two weeks against Penn State, but for now, the Wolverines are going to be celebrating this rivalry victory.

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