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Michigan State vs. Michigan: Wolverines snap losing streak to Spartans on last-second field goal

Michigan ended a four-year losing streak to Michigan State on Saturday, winning on a last-second field goal and prevailing in a defensive struggle.

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Michigan kicks FG late, beat Spartans 12-10

It was slow-going, and defense ruled the day as the Michigan Wolverines kicked a field goal in the final seconds to triumph over the Michigan State Spartans, 12-10, on Saturday.

Early in the third quarter, Michigan State embarked on a 10-play, 80-yard drive that was capped off by a 2-yard touchdown pass from Andrew Maxwell to Paul Lang. That looked like it would be the deciding factor in the game, but Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson had something to say about that.

After being stuffed for most of the game, Robinson hit Drew Dileo for a 20-yard reception, which took the ball to the MSU 21-yard line. With nine seconds to go, Brendan Gibbons kicked a game-deciding 38-yard field goal to seal the win for Michigan. They drew an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty due to the ensuing celebration, but they sealed the win, regardless.

The stat-line was very similar for both teams on offense, with Robinson and Maxwell putting up similar numbers through the air. It was about as close a game as you could get in that regard, but Michigan's consistency overcame Michigan State's ability to find the end zone in the third.

Box Score Hero: Neither offense really put up big numbers in this game and as such, neither side had a player who truly stood out. Denard Robinson is usually the guy to go in this section and he had the yardage to back it up, with 96 yards on the ground and 163 yards through the air, but it was still a "down" performance for the generally prolific quarterback.

Rankings Ramifications: Both teams have been ranked by the AP this season, but both are unranked as of now. With a win, the Wolverines are in a much better place and stand a bigger chance of getting back into the rankings.

But Did They Cover? Michigan was favored to win this game by as much as 10 points, so if you happened to go with that, you didn't do so well. The over/under hovered around 45 points as well, so that was not a smart bet either. Defense ruled the day and it shows in the final score.

Next Week's Schedule: The Wolverines will take on Nebraska on ESPN 2 Oct. 27, while the Spartans will continue their road trip in Wisconsin on the same day.

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Spartans lead Wolverines, 7-6, heading into 4th

After being silent through the entire first half of play, the Michigan State Spartans got on the board in the third quarter, and took the lead in doing so. After forcing a punt on Michigan's opening drive to start the second half, the Spartans drove 80 yards off of 10 plays, with a drive capped off by an Andrew Maxwell touchdown pass to Paul Lang. A 19-yard reception by Aaron Burbridge and a 14-yard rush from Keith Mumphery moved the drive along and set up the touchdown.

That put the game at 7-6, the score heading into the fourth quarter.

Michigan's points came on a pair of field goals, and their offense has looked very off, which can be attributed to a lack of rushing success by dual-threat quarterback Denard Robinson. He's thrown for 128 yards, but has rushed for just 53 yards off of 16 carries. When he has that kind of stat line, Michigan generally does not do well.

Still, Michgian has more rushing yards on the day, with 95 to Michigan State's 64, but neither offense has really been able to get rolling in this one.

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Wolverines hold 6-0 lead at halftime

The Michigan Wolverines struck first in their rivalry game against the Michigan State Spartans on Saturday. After a scoreless first quarter, the Wolverines took their third possession and turned it into an 11-play, 77-yard drive that ended in a Brendan Gibbons field goal from 24 yards out.

That put the score at 3-0 and, after a 3-and-out on the following drive, they managed to put up another field goal inside the final two minutes of the half to take a 6-0 lead into halftime.

Michigan State had an opportunity to put points on the board following Michigan's first field goal, when Andrew Maxwell rebounded from a sack for a loss of 10 yards by hitting Bennie Fowler on a 45-yard completion. They then ran the ball six straight times, including five from Le'Veon Bell, and were forced to try to kick the field goal from the Michigan 21-yard line. Dan Conroy missed the 38-yard field goal so the game stayed at 3-0 in favor of Michigan.

Denard Robinson has been passing the ball well, with 108 yards off of eight completions, with just 13 attempts. He's tried to run it much more, with 12 carries, but he's been stuffed a lot, with just 17 yards.

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Wolverines, Spartans scoreless through one

Through one quarter of play, neither the Michigan State Spartans nor the Michigan Wolverines have managed to put points on the board. Michigan State took the opening kickoff, but were quickly forced into a three-and-out. Their second drive also stalled out, and they didn't manage a first down until their third possession. Andrew Maxwell finally found Tony Lippett for a couple of passes that set them up with said first down.

That was their only first down of the day though, and Mike Sadler was forced to punt near the 50-yard line, but not quite in Michigan territory.

The Wolverines had a three-and-out to start their drive, and managed to go eight plays and 39 yards in their second drive, but were forced to punt just as they got into Michigan State territory. Denard Robinson has been contained thus far, gaining just four yards on six carries, while passing for just 37 yards. If the Wolverines hope to win, they need to get Robinson going, while the focus will the Spartans will remain on stopping the prolific quarterback.

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UM vs. MSU: Game time, TV schedule, odds and more

Michigan State will attempt to pull off its fifth straight win over the rival Wolverines on Saturday afternoon in Ann Arbor.

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Mark Hollis declines to comment on helmet rumors

The athletic director downplayed rumors that the Spartans will wear new helmets for Saturday's game against Michigan.

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Center Mealer says Michigan has snap count fixed

Center Elliott Mealer says the Michigan Wolverines have fixed the snap count issues that caused problems against Michigan State in the past.

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TE Dion Sims a gametime decision for Spartans

Michigan State tight end Dion Sims will be a gametime decision this weekend against Michigan, as he's still recovering from a sprained ankle.

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Wolverines wearing MSU-like helmets in practice

The Michigan Wolverines have their scout team wearing MSU-styled helmets in practice.

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Michigan State gets Tyler Hoover back Saturday

The Michigan State Spartans will have Tyler Hoover back from injury on Saturday against rival Michigan.

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MSU enlists safety to play role of UM's Robinson

Spartans defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi has decided to use freshman safety Demetrious Cox in the role of Denard Robinson this week in practice.

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Michigan, Michigan State square off on Saturday

Michigan State will host rival Michigan State at the Big House on Saturday.

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UM's Mattison wants to win back Bunyan Trophy

Michigan defensive coordinator Greg Mattison is confident that 2012 will be the year his program can end its losing streak against Michigan State.

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Dantonio has 'great deal' of respect for Hoke

Michigan State's Mark Dantonio is impressed with the way Michigan head coach Brady Hoke has handled the rivalry in the media.

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Dantonio hoping for 'defining moment' vs. UM

Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio hopes that a win over Michigan can be a rallying point for his players.

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Dion Sims not listed on official depth chart

Dion Sims is not on Michigan State's official depth chart for their matchup against Michigan, and his sprained ankle could keep him out.

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Michigan's Smith, Hopkins will return on Saturday

Michigan running backs Vincent Smith and Stephen Hopkins will be back on the field for the Wolverines on Saturday, after recovering from injuries.

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Wolverines are 10.5 favorites over Spartans

The Michigan Wolverines are 10.5 point favorites over the Michigan State Spartans on Saturday.

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Michigan goes for 900th win

The Michigan Wolverines will go for their 900th win in program history Saturday against the Michigan State Spartans

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Denard Robinson will play against MSU

The Michigan Wolverines will have quarterback Denard Robinson in action on Saturday against the Michigan State Spartans.

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