Ann Arbor, MI (Sports Network) – Edwin Baker, Le’Veon Bell, and Larry Caper recorded one rushing touchdown apiece, as the 17th-ranked Michigan State Spartans handled the 18th-ranked Michigan Wolverines, 34-17, in a battle between these two Big Ten rivals at Michigan Stadium.
Baker carried the ball 22 times for 147 yards for the Spartans (6-0, 2-0 Big Ten), who have won three straight games against Michigan for the first time since 1965-67. Bell rushed for 78 yards on seven carries.
Kirk Cousins completed 18-of-25 passes for 284 yards and a touchdown in the annual battle for the Paul Bunyan Trophy. Mark Dell hauled in three passes for 93 yards and a score.
Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio returned to the team after missing the previous two games. A mild heart attack and a blood clot in his leg led to multiple trips to the hospital for Dantonio, who coached from the press box on Saturday.
Heisman Trophy candidate Denard Robinson connected on 17-of-29 passes for 215 yards, one touchdown, and three interceptions for the Wolverines (5-1, 1-1), who own a 67-31-5 edge in the all-time series despite the loss. Robinson also carried the ball 21 times for 86 yards and a score.