Andrew Schau – The Collegiate
On Saturday night, Oct. 7, No. 7 Michigan and Michigan State went head-to-head under the lights in The Big House. Based on records, talent, and the game being at “The Big House”, the Wolverines were favored to win this year’s game, but the “Spartan Dawgs” thought otherwise.
Once again, the Paul Bunyan trophy goes back to East Lansing. Michigan State came to a victory, with a final score of 14-10.
A major factor in the game was Michigan’s giveaways. The Wolverines had five turnovers in the game, two fumbles lost, and three interceptions thrown by John O’Korn. O’Korn, who is filling in for the injured Wilton Speight, struggled to make plays Saturday. The offense for Michigan struggled the entire game, and were unable to get any rhythm going.
With brutal weather conditions including heavy winds and rain, the Wolverines continued to pass the ball, which was a controversial decision. Jim Harbaugh and his staff were out coached by Mark Dantonio.
The Spartans Quarterback, Brian Lewerke, showed poise and toughness throughout the entire game. He finished with 11-22 passing for 94 yards and a touchdown, and also rushed the ball 15 times, racking up 61 rushing yards and another score. Lewerke scored the first touchdown of the game on his feet, running through a host of Wolverines and diving into the endzone for a 14-yard score.
The season is still young, but any loss is a big loss in college football. If Michigan wants any hope of getting to the College Football Playoff, they need to fix their offensive struggles. The defense will maintain it’s high level of play, but O’Korn needs to show improvement, and soon. Michigan hopes to bounce back next week versus the Indiana Hoosiers. Michigan State, now full of confidence, will be in Minneapolis next Saturday to face P.J. Fleck and his Minnesota Golden Gophers.