Matt Wile

Michigan, Michigan State locked in defensive battle


Perhaps as expected, the story of the afternoon in East Lansing has been the play of the defenses in a pivotal game in the Legends Division between in-state rivals Michigan and Michigan State. If you like defense, then the first half has not disappointed, with Michigan State taking a 13-6 lead in to halftime. The only touchdown of the half came late on a Connor Cook pass to Bennie Fowler in the final minute of the half. It broke a 6-6 tie that had been set-up by four field goals earlier in the half.

Michigan opened the scoring with a 49-yard field goal by Matt Wile on the games opening possession and Michigan State answered with a 40-yard field goal by Michael Geiger in the first quarter. The two teams tacked on one more field goal each in the second quarter before the Spartans finally found a way in to the end zone late in the half. Michigan State has also sacked Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner five times already.

The tempers h in the first quarter flared a little more as the game has progressed, with chippy play and smack talk picking up as the game’s moments become more critical by the down.

“We let the lion out of the cage,” Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio said during a halftime interview on his way to the locker room.

The winner of this game will take control in the Big Ten Legends Division, moving one step closer to the Big Ten Championship Game for a potential clash with Ohio State. With things looking bad for Nebraksa against Northwestern, the importance of this game in East Lansing could be increasing as a result.