It’s not the embarrassment it’s been most of this season, but it’s still yet another first-half deficit for Michigan.
On a sun-splashed afternoon in East Lansing, Michigan State jumped out to a 7-0 first-quarter lead en route to a 14-3 lead after two quarters of play. Jeremy Langford was responsible for both Spartan touchdowns, a two-yard run less than four minutes into the game and a one-yarder with :21 remaining in the half.
As has been the case the past couple/few seasons, though, it was the Sparty defense that set the stifling tone for the game.
Through the first 30 minutes, MSU had allowed its “big brother” to total just 37 yards of offense. The Wolverines were held to minus-five yards rushing on its 10 attempts, an average of -0.5 yards per carry.
Conversely, and even as the scoreboard doesn’t quite indicate it, Sparty’s offense had little problem moving the ball either on the ground or through the air. MSU was able to muster 256 yards of offense, 157 passing and 99 rushing.
Langford had 77 of those rushing yards, while quarterback Connor Cook was an efficient 110-of-17 passing.
UM has now trailed at the half in four of its previous six games; just once, against Penn State two weeks ago, were they able to come from behind to win. Short of the kind of comeback that’s been atypical this season, the temperature underneath Brady Hoke‘s coaching seat will do nothing by rise at game’s end.