By James Herold
Excitement was high for the big game between rivals No. 6 Michigan and No. 8 Michigan State on Saturday, Oct. 30. Parking was hard to come by and ticket prices soared to as high as $500 per ticket. Big Sports outlets like ESPN and FOX Sports brought their game day shows to campus. The infamous Lee Corso of ESPN’s “College GameDay ” picked Michigan by putting their helmet on his head which greatly disgusted me. The game started at noon at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing and I was there to watch it go down.
As a Michigan State fan, I was able to go to the game with my dad and a few friends. Michigan got off to a great start as Andrel Anthony caught a 93-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Cade McNamara. Jake Moody’s field goal helped Michigan post a 10-0 lead in the first quarter. But MSU’s running back Kenneth Walker III was electric in this game.
Walker’s 27-yard running touchdown from a hand-off by quarterback Payton Thorne put Michigan State on the board and made it 10-7 Michigan in the second quarter. Walker’s eight yard running touchdown later in the quarter gave MSU the lead at 14-13. However, Michigan took, what looked to be for the most part, the absolute advantage of this game. With 3:45 left in the second quarter, Anthony’s second touchdown of the game gave Michigan a 20-14 lead off a pass by backup QB JJ McCarthy. Michigan answered with another touchdown making it a 30-14 lead as Michigan’s Mike Sainristil caught a 19-yard pass by McNamara.
Things got quiet in the stadium: Michigan State’s defense was playing horribly and it seemed like Michigan was going to blowout MSU and silence any criticism from MSU from the week leading up to the game. But once again came K9, the nickname for Walker III, who, with a one-yard run, cut Michigan’s lead to 30-22. Michigan State was not done yet, as Walker again completed a 58-yard running touchdown in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 30 each. The stadium went crazy as my dad literally became a laughing crying emoji. After a 36-yard field goal by Moody to make it a 33-30 Michigan lead, Walker responded once more with a 23-yard touchdown which made it 37-33. The game came down to the defense of MSU as McNamara threw an interception to seal the game in MSU’s favor with a minute on the clock.
This was a statement win for MSU. The Associated Press came out with new rankings putting Michigan State at No. 5 and Michigan at No. 9. Michigan’s “Little Brother” as phrased by Michigan fans came away with the shocking win. State fans, as they usually do after big games, burned couches outside Cedar Village Apartments in East Lansing. This to me was not a surprising event as history shows this happening after MSU’s NCAA men’s basketball National Championship win in 2000. Media outlets were quick to this story as well as the criticism of viewers. Overall, the game itself was amazing as the Paul Bunyan trophy, a trophy presented after each Michigan vs. Michigan State game, remained in East Lansing for the second year in a row.